Interstate 70

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Interstate 70 runs for 156 miles from the Illinois border near Terre Haute to the Ohio border east of Richmond. The highway forms the primary west-east highway across the central part of Indiana and follows the routing of U.S. 40 across the state. After multiplexing with U.S. 40 for the first 11 miles in Indiana around Terre Haute the highway heads to the northeast toward Brazil, Cloverdale and Plainfield. Through Indianapolis, the interstate passes the Indianapolis International Airport and Downtown Indianapolis. The stretch from Downtown east to Interstate 465 is the busiest stretch of interstate in the city. East of Indy, the highway runs east past Greenfield, New Castle and Richmond, multiplexing with U.S. 35 for the last few miles. Except for the Indianapolis area, the interstate is four lanes across the state, regardless the traffic along the highway is steady.

Interstate 70 Indiana Guides

Interstate 70 scenes
A loop ramp carries motorists from Sam Jones (former Airport) Expressway west onto Interstate 70 west at Exit 75 near Drexel Gardens and Mars Hill in southwest Indianapolis. Photo taken 10/16/04.
Indiana 59 leaves its intersection with Indiana 49 near Prairie City and approaches a diamond interchange with Interstate 70 (Exit 23). Photo taken 10/16/04.
Interstate 70 heads east from Prairie City on a vastly undeveloped drive to Indianapolis. Long exit less stretches are common through rural Indiana, and the 14-mile stretch between Indiana 59 and Indiana 243 is typical. Photo taken 10/16/04.
Button copy overhead directing travelers on Indiana 59 north to Interstate 70 west. Interstate 70 reaches Terre Haute in 16 miles and continues from there to Effingham, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri. Photo taken 10/16/04.
Indiana 59 north at the westbound on-ramp to Interstate 70. Interstate 70 next meets Indiana 46 & U.S. 40 in 11 miles. Indiana 59 continues north four miles to Billville and Brazil. Photo taken 10/16/04.
A rare state-named shield for Interstate 70 directed traffic onto the westbound loop ramp to Terre Haute and St. Louis, Missouri from Indiana 46 north. The folded diamond interchange at Exit 11 is slated for an upgrade into a directional cloverleaf interchange by late 2014 as part of the Terre Haute Bypass (Indiana 641) project. Photo taken 10/16/04.
Indiana 267 (Quaker Boulevard) meets Interstate 70 outside Plainfield on the western outskirts of the Indianapolis metropolitan area. A diamond interchange, rural on the south side, joins the state road with the freeway near Indianapolis International Airport. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Ronald Reagan Parkway enters a six-ramp parclo interchange with Interstate 70 ahead of the Marion County line and transition to Ameriplex Parkway. Ameriplex Parkway continues the divided highway to Indiana 67 (Kentucky Avenue) beyond a two-lane on-ramp to Interstate 70 east, Indianapolis International Airport, and a c/d roadway system leading to Interstates 74 & 465. Photo taken 09/20/10.
Interstate 70 across the state of Indiana is known as the Anton Tony Hulman, Jr. Memorial Way in honor of the man who helped to rescue the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1945 and increase the popularity of the Indianapolis 500 mile race. Photo taken 03/18/12.
Indiana 42 meets Indiana 59 at a set of flashers near the rural settlement of Prairie City. The cross roads lie just south of Interstate 70 at Exit 23. Indiana 42 parallels the freeway west toward Swalls and Terre Haute. Photo taken 10/16/04.
Indiana 59 enters the intersection with Indiana 42 midway between Ashboro and Billville / Brazil. The state road totals 79.7 miles between Sandborn and Waveland. Indiana 42 meanwhile travels 62.6 miles from Indiana 46 outside Terre Haute to Mooresville. Photo taken 10/16/04.

Photo Credits:

  • 10/16/04 by AARoads.
  • 11/05/09 by AARoads.
  • 09/20/10 by Thomas Decker.
  • 03/18/12 by Thomas Decker.

Connect with:
Interstate 65
Interstate 74
Interstate 465
U.S. 41
State Road 641 - Vigo County

Page Updated 08-08-2012.