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Interstate 74 West
Sound walls abut Interstate 74 westbound as the freeway leaves Interstate 465 along side several lake side developments and Eagle Creek. Photo taken 12/23/11.
Brownsburg in Hendricks County is the next city Interstate 74 encounters outside of Indianapolis. Crawfordsville lies midway between the Circle City and the Illinois state line at 36 miles out. Peoria, featured for the first time on mileage signs, is 202 miles away. Photo taken 12/23/11.
There are no interchanges along the Interstate 74 stretch between the Indianapolis Beltway and county line. Dandy Trail passes over the freeway from West 38th Street to connect with U.S. 136 (Crawfordsville Road) near Clermont. Eagle Creek Dam follows nearby along the north side of I-74. Photo taken 11/04/11.
County Line (Raceway) Road passes over Interstate 74 at the Hendricks County line. Photo taken 11/04/11.
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A diamond interchange (Exit 68) between Interstate 74 and a newly built segment of Ronald Reagan Parkway opened to traffic on July 15, 2008 at a cost of $17.5 million. Ronald Reagan Parkway is a four-lane corridor planned between Indiana 67 in southwest Indianapolis and Interstate 65 near Whitestown.1
In between November 2011 and December 2012, signage for the interchange was changed to reflect the control cities of Clermont and Brownsburg instead of the parkway. Photo taken 11/04/11. Second photo taken 12/06/12.
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Hunter Road passes over Interstate 74 on the half mile approach to Exit 68 and Ronald Reagan Parkway. Presently agricultural lands front the new four-lane segment leading north to County Road 600 North and south to Connector Road and U.S. 136. The parkway will open up a significant swath of Hendricks County to new development. Photo taken 11/04/11. Second photo taken 12/06/12.
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When Exit 68 opened, it cut a seven mile exit less stretch in half for motorists leading west from Interstate 465. Ronald Reagan Parkway provides another connection to Brownsburg for commuters headed to Indianapolis.
Other segments of the parkway completed are a two-lane roadway between Airport Road and U.S. 36 at Clermont and between County Road 200 South and the I-70 interchange with Ameriplex Parkway by IND Airport. Construction to fill the gap between those two segments, including a viaduct over a CSX Railroad yard, was completed on December 4, 2012.2 Photo taken 11/04/11. Second photo taken 12/06/12.
When the control points for Exit 68 were changed, a sign was added identifying the overpass as Ronald Reagan Parkway. Photo taken 12/06/12.
Industrial parks line both sides of Interstate 74 immediately west of Ronald Reagan Parkway to the County Road 600 North over crossing. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Residential subdivisions front the north side of Interstate 74 to the parclo interchange (Exit 66) with Indiana 267 in one mile. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Indiana 267, a north-south route at 28.7 miles, links Interstate 65 near Whitestown with Mooresville, south of Interstate 70. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Exit 66 departs Interstate 74 west from within the city of Brownsburg for Indiana 267 (Green Street). Hotels and retail surround the SR 267 interchange with I-74. Green Street otherwise ventures south into downtown Brownsburg, where it intersects U.S. 136 (Main Street). Photo taken 11/04/11.
Heading out from Brownsburg, Interstate 74 spans White Lick Creek beyond this westbound reassurance marker. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Pittsboro and the far western suburbs of Indianapolis are next along Interstate 74 in five miles. Crawfordsville (31 miles) and Peoria (195 miles) are also highlighted on this sign. Photo taken 11/04/11.
A diamond interchange (Exit 61) joins Interstate 74 with County Road 275 East in one mile. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Pittsboro lies south of Interstate 74 and Exit 61 along U.S. 36 (Main Street) at Meridian Street. Photo taken 11/04/11.
County Road 275 East leads north from Exit 61 to rural south Boone County. Wall Street east connects County Road 275 East with Pittsboro via Meridian Street south. Photo taken 11/04/11.
A portion of County Road 275 East was renamed Jeff Gordon Boulevard as Pittsboro is the hometown of stock car driver Jeff Gordon. Photo taken 11/04/11.
A pair of frontage roads accompany Interstate 74 leading west from Jeff Gordon Boulevard. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Lizton is the next town of interest along Interstate 74 west. Crawfordsville in adjacent Montgomery County is now 26 miles to the west. Photo taken 11/04/11.
The second, and final westbound Interstate 74 rest area resides between Exits 58 and 52 near the Boone County line. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Indiana 39 (State Street) connects Interstate 74 with the adjacent community of Lizton south of Exit 58. Photo taken 11/04/11.
North from Exit 58, State Road 39 travels 10.1 miles to Interstate 65 & U.S. 52 at the Boone County seat of Lebanon. South from Lizton, Indiana 39 continues nine miles to Danville. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Exit 58 departs Interstate 74 west at the crossing over Ross Ditch for SR 39. SR 39 totals 179.2 miles from Martinsville north to the Michigan state line, east of Michigan City. A second segment of SR 39 exists for 15.5 miles to the west of Seymour and Scottsburg. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Rest areas line both sides of Interstate 74 approximately one mile west of Lizton and Exit 58. Photo taken 11/04/11.
A rare button copy Rest Area gore point sign was in place along Interstate 74 westbound. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Jamestown, a town of less than 1,000, lies along the Boone and Hendricks County line four miles to the west. Peoria is still about three hours away. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Interstate 74 travelers enter the southwestern corner of Boone County ahead of the County Road 800 South overpass. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Indiana 75 meets Interstate 74 at the lone Boone County exit, a diamond interchange (Exit 52) just north of Jamestown. Photo taken 11/04/11.
One half mile out from Exit 52 to Indiana 75. SR 75 exists in three portions, with the central section traveling 36.8 miles from U.S. 40 near Stilesville to SR 47 at Thorntown. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Westbound Interstate 74 reaches Exit 52. Indiana 75 follows Lebanon Street through Jamestown, connecting U.S. 136 (Main Street) with Indiana 234's westbound beginning to Ladoga. Northward, a 3.7 mile drive brings drivers to Advance. Photo taken 11/04/11.
The longest exit less stretch (13 miles) of Interstate 74 in Indiana commences between Jamestown and Smartsburg. This is the third longest exit less stretch for I-74 overall, with two segments between Quad Cities and Peoria, Illinois topping it at 18 and 14 miles respectively. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Covington appears as the final Indiana destination along Interstate 74 west in 45 miles. Crawfordsville is served by the next two exits.
Note the not standard abbreviation for Illinois as "ILL" Photo taken 11/04/11.
Open farmland represents the landscape of Interstate 74 west as the freeway enters Montgomery County. Photo taken 11/04/11.


 

Sources:

  1. "Ronald Reagan Parkway opens Tuesday." WTHR (TV-13), July 15, 2008.
  2. "Finally, Indiana parkway offers link from I-70 to U.S. 36." Indianapolis Star, November 30, 2012.


Photo Credits:

  • 11/04/11 by AARoads.
  • 12/23/11 by Thomas Decker.
  • 12/06/12 by Thomas Decker.

Page Updated 02-26-2013.