Interstate 70 West - Indianapolis to Illinois

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Two lanes loop onto Ameriplex Parkway southbound as the Exit 68 c/d roadway reduces to one lane and concludes. One of many warehouse and distribution buildings between Ronald Reagan Parkway and Indiana 267 appears along the north side of the freeway. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Continuing west from Exit 68 with Ronald Reagan and Ameriplex Parkways, drivers next meet Indiana 267 (Quaker Boulevard) south of Plainfield and north of Mooresville. Photo taken 11/05/09.
The first westbound shield of Interstate 70 posted in Hendricks County follows. Photo taken 11/05/09.
A pervasive area of warehouses occupies the land north of Interstate 70, east of Indiana 267 (Quaker Boulevard) and west of Ronald Reagan Parkway. Indiana 267 leads north from Exit 66 through the industrial area to its merge with U.S. 40 (Main Street) west to downtown Plainfield. Photo taken 11/05/09.
Westbound Interstate 70 at the diamond interchange (Exit 66) with Indiana 267. The state road travels 28.7 miles between Mooresville (Indiana 42) and Interstate 65 south of Whitestown. Photo taken 11/05/09.
One mile east of a rest area pair along Interstate 70 west at the White Lick Creek bridge. Photo taken 10/16/04.
Interstate 70 nips the corner of Morgan County before returning to Hendricks County at Exit 59 north of Monrovia. The Putnam County seat of Greencastle lies 33 miles west via U.S. 231 north. Photo taken 10/16/04.
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Westbound at the Hendricks County rest area facility of Interstate 70. Photos taken 10/16/04.
A reassurance marker follows the return ramp from the rest area at the South County Road 675 East overpass nearby. Photo taken 10/16/04.
Indiana 39 crosses paths with Interstate 70 at a diamond interchange (Exit 59) near Center Valley. The state road connects the freeway with Monrovia 2.7 miles southward and Belleville (U.S. 40) 3.3 miles to the north. Photo taken 10/16/04.
Consisting of two sections, Indiana 39 exists between Martinsville and the Michigan state line as a 179.2-mile route, meeting Interstate 70 at Exit 59. The southern portion travels just 15.5 miles between Indiana 56 and Burlington. Photo taken 10/16/04.
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Exit 59 leaves Interstate 70 west for Indiana 39. Indiana 39 travels south to Indiana 37 (future Interstate 69 corridor), merging with Indiana 67 outside Martinsville. The state road north serves the county seat of Danville between U.S. 40 and U.S. 136. Photos taken 10/16/04.
Interstate 70 reenters Morgan County on the approach to Exit 51 with County Road 1100 West (North Little Point Road). Photo taken 10/16/04.
A diamond interchange joins Interstate 70 with County Road 1100 West just north of Little Point and Indiana 42. North Little Point Road connects with County Road 550 West to Stilesville. Indiana 42 meanwhile follows a staggered route west from Monrovia to Cagles Mill Lake, paralleling the Interstate 70 corridor. Photo taken 10/16/04.
U.S. 231 intersects Interstate 70 at a diamond interchange (Exit 41) in southeast Putnam County. The north-south route joins the freeway with Cloverdale nearby and travels 297 miles in Indiana between St. John (U.S. 41) and the Kentucky state line. Photo taken 10/16/04.
Drivers bound for U.S. 231 north to Greencastle and DePauw University or U.S. 231 south to Cloverdale and Cataract Falls State Recreation Area leave Interstate 70 west at the Exit 41 off-ramp. McCoy Hill rises along the north side of the freeway. Photo taken 10/16/04.
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Continuing west, Interstate 70 slides south of Greencastle and Snyder Hill on the 36-mile drive to Terre Haute. Indiana 243 meets the freeway next, providing part of the nine-mile route to Lieber State Recreation Area. Photos taken 10/16/04.
One mile east of the Exit 37 diamond interchange with Indiana 237 at the Poplar Grove Road overpass. Photo taken 10/16/04.
Interstate 70 gains a wide forested median from Exit 37 west to Indian Ridge. Indiana 243 meanwhile meanders southward to its end at Indiana 42 at Cunot near Cagles Mill Lake. Photo taken 10/16/04.
Continuing north from Exit 37, Indiana 243 concludes its five-mile route at U.S. 40 at Putnmanville. Photo taken 10/16/04.
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Fall scenery along the hilly stretch of Interstate 70 between Exits 37 and 23. Westbound travelers enter Clay County on the drive. Photos taken 10/16/04.
The lone Clay County exit of Interstate 70 is the Exit 23 diamond interchange with Indiana 59 near Prairie City. Photo taken 10/16/04.
Spanning Birch Creek one half mile east of the off-ramp (Exit 23) to Indiana 59. Indiana 59 constitutes a 79.7-mile route between Sandborn and Waveland. Photo taken 10/16/04.
Heading north, Indiana 59 ventures four miles to Billville and the Clay County seat of Brazil. Southward the state road immediately intersects Indiana 42 by Prairie City before continuing south to Clay City and Linton in Greene County.
In 1968, INDOT unsuccessfully lobbied for an Interstate 63 corridor leading south from the Brazil area to Evansville to provide a route between Indianapolis and southwest Indiana. Construction of Interstate 164 was a result of that original proposal.1 Photo taken 10/16/04.
Button copy guide sign posted for Linton and Brazil on the Exit 23 ramp to Indiana 59. A few truck stops surround the otherwise rural cross roads. Photo taken 10/16/04.
Leaving the Prairie City and Exit 23 area, Interstate 70 sees this shield and bee lines west to the Chinook State Fishing Area. Photo taken 10/16/04.
Two interchanges serve the city of Terre Haute from Interstate 70 west. The first exits lies at Indiana 46, Future Indiana 641, and U.S. 40 east near Terre Haute International Airport / Hulman Field (HUF). U.S. 40 east overtook SR 46 from Interstate 70 to Indiana 42's west end (Poplar Street) and its original alignment along Wabash Avenue near Rose Hulman Institute of Technology. The Terre Haute Bypass (Indiana 641) will tie into Exit 11 by late 2014, which follows the January 30, 2011 truncation of Indiana 46 to I-70 and relocation of U.S. 40 away from Terre Haute.3 Photo taken 10/16/04.
Originally a folded diamond interchange, Exit 11 will be upgraded to incorporate the north end of the Terre Haute Bypass (Indiana 641). Redesign of the Exit incorporates a directional cloverleaf interchange with high-speed ramps connecting to the 6.2-mile long planned freeway. Photo taken 10/16/04.
Westbound Interstate 70 at Exit 11 (Indiana 46). Indiana 46 totaled 153.7 miles (pre-truncation to Interstate 70) on its easterly trek to Bloomington, Columbus, Greensburg and U.S. 52 near Exit 169 of Interstate 74. Work on the $158-million project began in 2006 on the southern half of the freeway2, which opened between U.S. 41 & 150 and McDaniel Road on October 26, 2010.4 Two phases constituting the northern half of the bypass are slated for completion by late 2014. Photo taken 10/16/04.
Replacement signage at Exit 11 including the addition of U.S. 40 east for former SR 46 north to Wabash Avenue. Photo taken 11/12/11.
Interstate 70 & U.S. 40 west
West of Exit 11, U.S. 41 (and U.S. 150) is four miles away. Marshall, Illinois is 20 miles away with St. Louis at 174 miles. Photo taken 01/19/11.
Following the southern boundary of Terre Haute, Interstate 70 & U.S. 40 continue west to a diamond interchange with U.S. 41 & 150 (3rd Street). Comprising a busy divided arterial, U.S. 41 & 150 lead southward from Honey Creek Mall, the County Fairgrounds, and Ivy Tech Community College to suburban areas of Southwood, Allendale, and Woodgate, meeting Indiana 641 at Youngstown. Photo taken 01/19/11.
Indiana State University, home of the Sycamores, is located in downtown Terre Haute along U.S. 41 & U.S. 150 (3rd Street) a couple of miles to the north of Exit 7 with Interstate 70 & U.S. 40 east. Until its realignment, U.S. 40 passed by the southern boundary of the university. Photo taken 01/19/11.
U.S. 41 & 150 continue along 3rd Street into Terre Haute en route to downtown and Indiana State University. Once in Downtown, U.S. 150 splits with U.S. 41 (3rd Street) for U.S. 40 (Cherry Street) west to Taylorville and West Terre Haute. Continuing north, U.S. 41 & Indiana 63 part ways at Maple Avenue on respective paths to Rockville and Clinton. Indiana 63 used to run concurrent with U.S. 41 southward to Huffman Street west. However that overlap was removed when Indiana 63 from Huffman Street to Lombardi Road in the Terre Haute area was decertified in 2008. Photo taken 01/19/11.
Interstate 70 & U.S. 40 west at Exit 7 to U.S. 41 & 150 (3rd Street). U.S. 41 & 150 constitute a four-lane corridor southward to Vincennes (U.S. 50). U.S. 41 continues from there to Evansville and overall to Miami, Florida. Northward U.S. 41 straddles the state line to Gary and Chicago, Illinois. Photo taken 01/19/11.
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Guide sign and U.S. 41 shield assembly posted at the Exit 7 ramp end. U.S. 41 travels 280 miles through the state, exiting into Kentucky south of Evansville and Illinois west of Hammond. U.S. 150 meanwhile travels a 176.3 mile route between Illinois at Libertyville and Kentucky at New Albany. Photo taken 01/19/11. Second photo taken 10/16/04.
Interstate 70 & U.S. 40 veer northwest and pass over former Indiana 63 (Prairieton Avenue). Indiana 63 travels 16.3 miles south from Prairie Creek to Meron (Indiana 58). An unsigned stretch of Indiana 63 remains on the books from Lombardi Road south to Indiana 264. Photo taken 10/16/04.
Continuing west, Interstate 70 & U.S. 40 meet Darwin Road (Exit 3) at Larimer Hill in two miles. Marshall, Illinois follows in 15 miles; St. Louis is now only 169 miles away. Photo taken 10/16/04.
Crossing the Wabash River and exiting Terre Haute along Interstate 70 & U.S. 40 west. Photo taken 10/16/04.
Darwin Road crosses paths with Interstate 70 & U.S. 40 at a parclo interchange one mile west of Sugar Creek. Darwin Road stems south from former U.S. 40 (National Avenue) near West Terre Haute to Larimer Hill and Exit 3. Photo taken 10/16/04.
One half mile east of Exit 3 (Darwin Road) at the Lake Road underpass. Darwin Road continues southwest to Iron Bridge Road in a rural area of Clark County, Illinois. Photo taken 10/16/04.
Marshall, Illinois is the next city of interest along Interstate 70 west at the cross roads of U.S. 40 and Illinois 1. Effingham (Interstate 57) follows at 65 miles away. Photo taken 10/16/04.
U.S. 40 merged onto Interstate 70 west at the wye interchange (Exit 1) from National Avenue near State Line until the January 2011 relocation away from Terre Haute. Photo taken 10/16/04.
A pavement change marked the Illinois state line along Interstate 70 & U.S. 40 west. An eastbound rest area / tourist information center lies just past the border. Photo taken 10/16/04.
Crossing into Clark County, Illinois along Interstate 70 & U.S. 40. The two split at the first interchange (Exit 154) near Weaver. Photo taken 10/16/04.


 

Sources:

  1. US 41 in Indiana, AARoads Forum post by RoadWarrior56.
  2. INDOT: State Road 641 - Terre Haute Bypass.
  3. "INDOT: Section of historic ‘National Road’ now rerouted." Terre Haute Tribune-Star, January 30, 2011.
  4. "First Stage of 641 bypass opens." Terre Haute Tribune-Star, October 27, 2010.


Photo Credits:

  • 10/16/04 by AARoads.
  • 11/05/09 by AARoads.
  • 01/19/11 by Thomas Decker.
  • 11/12/11 by Thomas Decker.

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Page Updated 10-25-2011.