Interstate 74 West - Montgomery, Fountain & Vermillion Counties

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Interstate 74 West
Interstate 74 crosses Walnut Fork of Sugar Creek and approaches a transmission line passing and the County Road 200 South overpass. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Indiana 32 parallels Little Sugar Creek west from Shannondale to meet Interstate 74 at Exit 39 near Smartsburg in one mile. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Heading west, Indiana 32 leaves Exit 39 for Crawfordsville, following Lebanon Road to combine with Indiana 47 south along Darlington Avenue to Market Street and an overlap with U.S. 136 into downtown. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Indiana 32 comprises a 156.8-mile cross-state route west from Crawfordsville to Perrysville and the Illinois state line and east to Lebanon, Westfield, Noblesville, Anderson, Muncie, Winchester, and the Ohio state line at Union City. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Ascending along the Exit 39 off-ramp to Indiana 32. Indiana 47 nearby sees no direct access with Interstate 74. The state road joins Crawfordsville with Darlington and Thorntown to the northeast. Photo taken 11/04/11.
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Continuing northwest, Interstate 74 spans Little Sugar Creek and stays north of Crawfordsville on the 14-mile drive to Waynetown in west Montgomery County. Photos taken 11/04/11.
Lowering into a valley to span Sugar Creek, Interstate 74 advances toward a folded diamond interchange (Exit 34) with U.S. 231. Photo taken 11/04/11.
U.S. 231 joins Downtown Crawfordsville with Interstate 74 via Lafayette Road to the south and with Linden some seven miles to the north. The US Route travels 297 miles in Indiana between St. John, its northern terminus, and the Kentucky state line near Rockport. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Exit 34 loops down to U.S. 231 from Interstate 74 west. U.S. 231 heads south from downtown Crawfordsville with Indiana 32 and 47 to South Boulevard. There SR 32 turns west to Yountsville and SR 47 southwest to Waveland. U.S. 231 continues south to Greencastle. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Interstate 74 shield assembly posted along the westbound freeway between U.S. 231 and the County Road 100 West overpass. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Champaign, Illinois appears for the first time on westbound Interstate 74 signage at the crossing of Black Creek, nine miles east of Waynetown. Photo taken 11/04/11.
SR 55 used to extend southeast from Wingate (SR 25) to Elmdale and U.S. 136, west of Crawfordsville. Now that stretch of road is simply named Old State Road 55. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Indiana 25 joins Interstate 74 with Wingate, 4.5 miles north of Exit 25. Waynetown lies just south of the freeway at Indiana 25 (Wingate Road) and U.S. 136 (Washington Street). Photo taken 11/04/11.
One half mile east of Exit 25 to SR 25 on Interstate 74 west. SR 25 begins at Indiana 32, 4.3 miles south of Waynetown, and ends 123 miles to the northeast at Warsaw. A portion of the route doubles as the Hoosier Heartland expressway Corridor between Lafayette and Logansport. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Interstate 74 westbound partitions with the Exit 25 ramp to Indiana 25. Indiana 25 reaches Lafayette in 28 miles. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Approaching the County Line Road overpass, which represents the Fountain County line across Interstate 74 west. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Danville replaces Champaign as the first Illinois control city on this westbound mileage sign. Veedersburg, at the crossroads of U.S. 41 and 136, is the next Indiana exit in ten miles. Photo taken 11/04/11.
One mile west of the Montgomery County line is a set of permanently closed rest areas. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Indiana 341 passes over Interstate 74 in the distance from nearby Hillsboro. There is no direct access to the state road from the freeway. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Further west, a set of abandoned weigh stations lie east of the Epperson / County Road 325 East over crossing. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Interstate 74 kinks northward to skim pass Veedersburg. Meeting the freeway on the outskirts of town is U.S. 41 at a diamond interchange (Exit 15) in one mile. Photo taken 11/04/11.
U.S. 41 comprises a four-lane divided highway as it straddles the east side of Veedersburg. The US Route shares a brief overlap with U.S. 136 between East 2nd and State Streets. U.S. 136 follows 2nd Street to the town center. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Traveling 280 miles in Indiana, U.S. 41 doubles as the main route between Gary, Hammond and Northwest Indiana to Terre Haute and Evansville. The stretch through Veedersburg and Attica, 11.7 miles to the north, is bypassed as the through route via the Indiana 63 expressway to the west. U.S. 41 overtakes the expressway from SR 63 near Carbondale to the north. Photo taken 11/04/11.
A pair of bridges carry Interstate 74 drives over Dry Run Creek and a former Western N & W Railroad line and then Coal Creek and County Road 50 West over the next mile. This stretch of I-74 was completed in 1965. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Champaign appears again 54 miles east of where Interstate 74 meets Interstate 57. Covington also reappears for the next westbound interchange (Exit 8). Photo taken 11/04/11.
U.S. 136 swaps sides with Interstate 74 near milepost 11 and Layton. The US highway remains north of the freeway to Danville, Illinois, where it heads north to Henning. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Stringtown Road joins Interstate 74 with the town of Covington in one mile via the Exit 8 diamond interchange. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Stringtown Road becomes 11th Street in Covington, intersecting U.S. 136 (Liberty Street) in 1.1 miles. Photo taken 11/04/11.
South of Exit 8, Stringtown Road continues to Coal Creek, becoming a part of Indiana 32 east of Perrysville. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Interstate 74 lowers into the Wabash River valley south of Covington. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Perrysville is referenced on the next mileage sign, seven miles to the south of Exit 4 via Indiana 63 and 32. Danville is just west of the Illinois state line in 14 miles. Photo taken 11/04/11.
The Wabash River represents the eastern border of Vermillion County, an elongated north-south county stretching along the state line south to Vigo County and north to a point just outside Exit 4. Photo taken 11/04/11.
The Indiana 63 expressway crosses paths with Interstate 74 at the final Indiana exit, a parclo interchange, in one mile. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Indiana 63 constitutes a 61.4-mile portion of the expressway route between Northwest Indiana and Terre Haute. The state road overtakes U.S. 41 in importance due to the geography of the US highway to the east, which made upgrading it cost prohibitive. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Exit 4 leaves Interstate 74 west for Indiana 63. SR 63 ventures north to West Lebanon and south to Perrysville, Newport and Clinton in Vermillion County. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Surprisingly the Interstate 74 ramps to Indiana 63 end at unsignalized intersections. There are no traffic lights along Indiana 63 north to the merge with U.S. 41 and south until Clinton. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Passing by the final Indiana shield for Interstate 74 west, drivers next cross the North Fork Spring Creek. I-74 to the state line was completed by 1959. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Danville (10 miles) and Champaign (43 miles) appear together on this mileage sign posted 132 miles east of Peoria, Illinois. Photo taken 11/04/11.
An interchange sequence sign outlines the next four interchanges, all serving the city of Danville. Interstate 74 remains rural to Exit 216 with Bowman Avenue in five miles. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Lynch Road serves the east side of Danville, joining Interstate 74 with U.S. 136 (East Main Street)nearby. Lynch Road represents an industrial bypass route of Danville along with Voorhees Street / County 1900 North to Bowman Avenue. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Exit 220 originally consisted of a trumpet interchange with Lynch Road north. Changes to a parclo interchange were made when Lynch Road was extended south to Southgate Drive to accommodate a new industrial park. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Entering the state of Illinois, just east of the Exit 220 gore point to Lynch Road. Thus concludes 171.54 miles of Interstate 74 in Indiana and begins 220.34 miles in the Land of Lincoln. Photo taken 11/04/11.


 


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