Interstates 80 & 94 East - Frank Borman Expressway

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Interstates 80 & 94 and U.S. 6 east
An arched sign bridge supports a welcome to Indiana sign as Interstates 80 & 94 exit Calumet, Indiana for Hammond, Indiana. Major reconstruction of the Frank Borman Expressway occurred between 2004 and 2011 between the state line and Interstate 65. Work included additional lanes, new collector distributor roadways and improved exit ramps. The $300-million project concluded with the $189-million upgrade of the interchange with Interstate 65, completed by summer 2011.1 Photo taken 05/09/10.
A button copy interchange sequence sign that was posted at the Indiana state line one half mile west of Exit 1 with U.S. 41 (Calumet Avenue) north. Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 transition from the Kingery Expressway in Illinois to the Frank Borman Expressway at Hammond. Photo taken 09/03/05.
A directional cloverleaf interchange brings U.S. 41 southbound onto the Frank Borman Expressway eastbound for a one-mile overlap through Hammond. Exit 1 carries all drivers bound for Calumet Avenue (U.S. 41 north) in unison ahead. Photo taken 05/09/10.
A loop ramp provides the movement onto U.S. 41 (Calumet Avenue) north to downtown Hammond, Exit 5 of Interstate 90, and U.S. 12 & 20 (Indianapolis Boulevard) near Whiting. Photo taken 05/09/10.
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Calumet Avenue continues south from U.S. 41 and the Borman Expressway to Munster and U.S. 30 (Joliet Street) in Dyer. Photo taken 05/09/10. Second photo taken 09/03/05.
U.S. 41 joins Interstates 80-90 & U.S. 6 east briefly between Calumet Avenue and Indianapolis Boulevard south. Photo taken 09/03/05.
Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 east and U.S. 41 south
Indiana 152 follows Indianapolis Boulevard south 2.5 miles from its split with U.S. 20 (Michigan Avenue) to Purdue University Calumet and Interstates 80-90 & U.S. 6-41 at Exit 2. Photo taken 05/09/10.
Exit 2 leaves Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 (Borman Expressway) east for U.S. 41 south to Highland and Schererville and Indiana 152 north to Hammond and East Chicago. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Exit 2 splits into its ramps for Indianapolis Boulevard north and south. U.S. 41 follows a 280-mile route from south Chicago to Kentucky, south of Evansville. Overall the highway joins Ft. Wilkins State Park in northern Michigan with Miami, Florida on a 2000-mile journey. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Interstates 80 & 94 and U.S. 6 east
Next in line for eastbound drivers is the third directional cloverleaf interchange in a row, that of Exit 3 with Kennedy Avenue in east Hammond. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Reassurance shields for Interstates 80 & 94 east posted between Exits 2 and 3. Wetlands line both sides of the freeway on this stretch, as the Borman Expressway travels through the Little Calumet River flood plain. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Like Exits 1 and 2, Exit 3 carries all motorists bound for Kennedy Avenue in unison from the Borman Expressway main line. Kennedy Avenue flows south to former Indiana 330 near U.S. 30 (Lincoln Way) in Schererville and north to Michigan Avenue in East Chicago. Photo taken 05/09/10.
Use Kennedy Avenue south for downtown Highland and north for the Hessville section of east Hammond. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Indiana 912 (Cline Avenue) crosses paths with Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 along the Hammond and Gary city line. The state road follows a freeway north to East Chicago and an arterial south to U.S. 6 Business (Ridge Road) at Highland. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Eastbound reassurance shields posted for Interstates 80 & 94. The two share 18.53 miles of pavement between Lansing, Illinois and Lake Station, Indiana. Photo taken 05/09/10.
Beyond the directional cloverleaf interchange with Indiana 912 (Exit 5), Interstates 80 & 94 enter the city of Gary, seeing interchanges with Burr Street (Exit 6), Grant Street (Exit 9), and Interstate 65 (Exits 11/12). Photo taken 09/03/05.
Indiana 912 travels an "L" shaped route 12 miles north to East Chicago and west to north Hammond. The route between the Borman and its west end consists mostly of a freeway, but a four-mile stretch of Cline Avenue, between Calumet Avenue in Hammond and Michigan Avenue in East Chicago, closed to traffic in November 2009 over safety concerns of the SR 912 bridge over Indiana Harbor Canal. A 1.39-mile surface route consisting of Riley Road northeast from Cline Avenue to Dickey Road and Dickey Road southeast to Michigan Avenue was transferred from the city of Gary to the state to provide route continuity of State Road 912.2 Interests to Gary/Chicago International Airport (GYY) should use Cline Avenue north to Chicago Avenue and U.S. 12 east. Photo taken 05/09/10.
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Exit 5 parts ways with Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 east for Indiana 912 (Cline Avenue). Indiana 912 mainly serves industrial interests in the Indiana Harbor area of East Chicago from the Borman and Indiana Toll Roads. Photo taken 09/03/05. Second photo taken 11/04/11.
Two lanes loop onto Indiana 912 (Cline Avenue) north. Exit 5 originally consisted of a tightly configured full cloverleaf interchange. Photo taken 11/04/11.
Next in line for eastbound motorists is the Exit 6 parclo interchange with Burr Street. Photo taken 05/09/10.
Grant Street (Exit 9) follows as one of two routes into central Gary from Interstates 80-90 & U.S. 6 east. Exits 9 and 10 (Indiana 53 / Broadway) were altered from full cloverleaf into six-ramp parclo interchanges as part of the Frank Borman Expressway upgrade project. Photo taken 09/03/05.
Construction reconfigured the Exit 6 diamond into a parclo during the mid 2000s. Burr Street leads south to Black Oak and U.S. 6 Business (Ridge Road) and north to U.S. 20 (West 5th Avenue) in west Gary. Photo taken 05/09/10.
A distributor roadway carries all motorists bound for Burr Street (Exit 6) from the Borman Expressway eastbound mainline. Two truck stops line Burr Street north from Interstates 80 & 94 to parallel 25th Avenue. Southward in conjunction with Ridge Road west leads driver to the town of Griffith. Photo taken 05/09/10.
Interstates 80 & 94 and U.S. 6 (Borman Expressway) continue east along the Little Calumet River, 1.5 miles to Exit 9 with Grant Street. A levee system lines the adjacent river to help prevent flooding on the nearby freeway. Heavy rainfall in September 2008 flooded a portion of the Borman Expressway during construction, so in 2010 a $1.1-million lift station was added to prevent future inundations.1 Photo taken 05/09/10.
Chase Street passes over the eastbound Borman Expressway, 0.75 miles out from Grant Street. Grant Street connects Interstates 80 & 94 with U.S. 12 & 20 (West 4th & 5th Avenues), west of downtown Gary, with U.S. 6 Business (Ridge Road). Photo taken 05/09/10.
Exit 9 leaves Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 east for Grant Street. SR 55 (Cleveland Street) begins a short distance west of the Grant Street intersection with Ridge Road. SR 55 leads south to Merrillville along a 110-mile course to Wingate. Photo taken 05/09/10.
Indiana 53 (Broadway) meets the Borman Expressway next, leading south from Interstate 90 (Exit 14B) to Merrillville. Interstate 65 follows with separate interchanges for southbound (Exit 11) and northbound (Exit 12). Photo taken 05/09/10.
Eastbound I-80/90 at Exit 10 for SR 53 (Broadway). SR 53 travels 14.1 miles from Downtown Gary southward to U.S. 231 at Crown Point.
The forthcoming exchange includes a newly built c/d roadway system for both Interstate 65 north (Exit 12) and Central Avenue (Exit 13). I-65 joins Northwest Indiana with Lafayette and Indianapolis to the southeast. Photo taken 05/09/10.
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Leading east away from Indiana 53 (Broadway), Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 approach the wye interchange with the Northwest Connector. The connector simply facilitates movements between the Borman Expressway east to Interstate 65 south. A loop ramp (Exit 12) follows for Interstate 65 north to Gary and Interstate 90 (Indiana Toll Road). Upgrades to the exchange with Interstate 65 occurred between 2009 and 2011. Photo taken 09/03/05. Second photo taken 05/09/10.
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Exit 11 departs the eastbound Borman Expressway for Interstate 65 south to Hobart, Merrillville, Lafayette and Indianapolis. Interstate 65 comprises a 261-mile route that was completed by 1976 in the state.3 Photo taken 09/03/05. Second photo taken 05/09/10.
Interstates 80-90 & U.S. 6 leave the city of Gary for Lake Station on their final 3.75 mile shared alignment to Ripley Street (Indiana 51). This interchange sequence sign assembly was removed during Borman Expressway reconstruction. Photo taken 09/03/05.
One half mile west of the Exit 12 connection to Interstate 65 north. The forthcoming interchange was redesigned as part of the Major Moves New Construction Interchange Modification to include a flyover from Interstates 80-94 west to Interstate 65 to coincide with new ramps from Colorado Street. Interstate 65 ends three miles northward at U.S. 12 & 20 (Dunes Highway) opposite Exit 17 of the Indiana Toll Road. Photo taken 09/03/05.
2009 construction segregated the movements to and from Interstate 65 via a new collector distributor roadway leading east to Central Avenue (Exit 13). Photo taken 05/09/10.
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Before and after construction looks at the Exit 12 ramp departure from Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 east. Interstate 65 curves northwest into Gary, seeing ramps for East 15th Street and the Indiana Toll Road before concluding at a traffic light with Dunes Highway. Photo taken 09/03/05. Second photo taken 05/09/10.
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A half diamond interchange joins Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6 with Central Avenue at Exit 13. Central Avenue stems east from downtown Gary and 11th Avenue along a Norfolk Southern Railroad to central Lake Station. Photo taken 09/03/05. Second photo taken 05/09/10.
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Eastbound at the Exit 13 off-ramp to Central Avenue and c/d roadway return from Interstate 65. Central Avenue continues east from Lake Station to the city of Portage and McCool. Photo taken 09/03/05. Second photo taken 05/09/10.
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The final reassurance shield assembly of Interstates 80-94 & U.S. 6, posted 2.25 miles ahead of their split at Indiana 51 (Ripley Street). Photos taken 09/03/05.
U.S. 6 follows Indiana 51 south from Lake Station (Exit 15A) south to Ridge Road at New Chicago and Hobart. Indiana 51 begins at nearby U.S. 20 (Melton Road) and ends 9.6 miles southward at U.S. 30 near Ainsworth. Photo taken 09/03/05.
Exit 16 constitutes a trumpet interchange with the access road that joins Interstate 80 east with the Indiana Toll Road (Interstate 90). Interstates 80 & 90 overlap for 278.18 miles between Lake Station and Elyria, Ohio. Photo taken 09/03/05.
A full cloverleaf interchange facilitates movements between Indiana 51 (Ripley Street) at Exits 15A/B. Ramps for the junction tie into Exit 16 independent of the Borman Expressway mainline. Photo taken 09/03/05.
Three ramps depart Interstate 94 east in short succession. Exit 16 for Interstate 80 east combines with a ramp from Ripley Street north before looping onto the access road. Interstates 80 & 90 continue to South Bend, Elkhart, and Toledo, Ohio. Photo taken 05/09/10.
U.S. 6 resumes its eastward course on its original alignment from Hobart east through Portage. The US route branches away from the Interstate 80 corridor on a 149-mile path to Westville, Nappanee, and Kendallville. Photo taken 05/09/10.
Indiana 51 leads north to U.S. 20 from Exit 15B. U.S. 20 follows Melton Road east from U.S. 12 (East Dunes Highway) in the Aetna section of Gary to Portage. Photo taken 05/09/10.
Interstates 80 and 94 part ways at Exit 16. Interstate 94 continues to Michigan City and Detroit, Michigan. Interstate 80 follows toll roads east to Cleveland and Youngstown, Ohio. Interstate 90 joins Cleveland with Erie, Pennsylvania and Buffalo, New York. Photo taken 05/09/10.
An on-ramp joins the fray from U.S. 6 west & Indiana 51 (Adam Benjamin Highway) north from Lake Station. Drivers may either take Interstate 80 onto Interstate 90 east or join Interstate 94 east into Portage. Photo taken 09/03/05.
Interstate 80 east leaves Interstate 94 for the access road to the Indiana Toll Road. After merging with Interstate 90, Interstate 80 passes under Interstate 94 on the 51-mile drive to South Bend. Photo taken 05/09/10.
Following the access road between Interstates 94 and 90 along the "Interstate 80 eastbound" mainline. Drivers cross the Burns Ditch ahead of a directional interchange with the Indiana Toll Road mainline. Westbound drivers immediately enter a toll plaza, eastbound motorists next meet the Portage Service Area. Photo taken 05/09/10.
The access road configuration between the Borman Expressway and Interstate 90 was built to accommodate the original ticketed system of the East West Toll Road. The booths between the two freeways were removed in 1985 when the new Willowcreek main line toll plaza opened to the east of Exit 23. Photo taken 05/09/10.


 

Sources:

  1. "After seven years Borman Expressway backups in rear view mirror." Indiana Economic Digest, August 19, 2011.
  2. "INDOT gains section of East Chicago roadways." ChiTown Traffic Tattler, July 14, 2010.
  3. Indiana Highway Ends - I-65 (HighwayExplorer). http://www.highwayexplorer.com/ EndsPage.php?id=1051


Photo Credits:

09/03/05, 05/09/10, 11/04/11 by AARoads

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Page Updated 12-12-2011.