State Road 2

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Indiana 2 is a state highway that crosses Northwest Indiana from the Illinois state line east through the communities of Lowell, Hebron, Valparaiso and LaPorte before ending at the St. Joseph Valley Parkway (US 20 & 31) west of South Bend. The highway, 81 miles in length, used to travel all the way into Downtown South Bend as well as travel through Valparaiso.

Indiana 2 east
Indiana 2 reassurance shield just east of the intersection with U.S. 41 in southwestern Lake County. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Indiana 2 heads east from U.S. 41 toward the communities of Lowell (two miles away) and Valparaiso (32 miles away). Photo taken 10/23/13.
Indiana 2 passes through the small community of North Hayden to the east of U.S. 41. Photo taken 10/23/13.
The Norfolk Southern railroad spans over Indiana 2 as the highway nears the town of Lowell. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Beyond the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge, Indiana 2 enters the town of Lowell (population 9,276). Lowell is the southernmost suburb of Lake County. Photo taken 10/23/13.
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Indiana 2 (Commercial Street) travels through the west side of Lowell, which is marked mostly with residential neighborhoods. Photos taken 10/23/13.
Indiana 2 (Commercial Street) enters the Lowell business district at the intersection with Mill Street. Photo taken 10/23/13.
A wall of storefronts line Indiana 2 (Commercial Street) in the Lowell business district between Mill Street and Freemont Street. As with many small towns Downtown has seen better times with a lot of the businesses moving to the east side of town. Still the district looks relatively active in this late evening hour. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Indiana 2 (Commercial Street) leaves the Lowell business district at the intersection with Freemont Street. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Indiana 2 (Commercial Street) transitions from the traditional small town of Lowell into the more suburbanized part of town. Since Interstate 65 is located to the east of town, much of the suburban development has occurred in that direction. Photo taken 10/23/13.
An assortment of shopping centers, restaurants and commercial businesses line Indiana 2 (Commercial Street) east to the Clark Street / Holtz Road intersection by Lowell High School. Photo taken 10/23/13.
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Indiana 2 becomes a rural two-lane highway east of Lowell while serving as an important commuter route to Interstate 65. Photos taken 10/23/13.
Halfway between Lowell and Interstate 65, the highway approaches the intersection with Indiana 55. Here, Indiana 55 travels north for nine miles to the Lake County seat of Crown Point. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Indiana 55 is a 110-mile highway that runs from Indiana 25 in Wingate northward through Attica, Fowler, Goodland and Crown Point before ending at Business U.S. 6 in Gary. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Indiana 2 east & 55 south
Indiana 2 & 55 overlap for a half mile east from Orchard Grove to Harrison Street. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Indiana 55 continues to the south for seven miles to Shelby and 50 miles to Fowler. Traffic continuing to Hebron stays on Indiana 2 toward the Interstate 65 interchange. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Indiana 55 south turns off to the right as Indiana 2 continues toward Interstate 65. Harrison Street ties in from agricultural areas to the north. Photo taken 10/23/13.
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East of the Indiana 55 south intersection, Indiana 2 is eight miles from Hebron and 25 miles from the Porter County seat of Valparaiso. Photo taken 10/23/13.
A view of Indiana 2 as it gets closer to Interstate 65. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Near the interchange with Interstate 65, Indiana 2 enters the small community of Dinwiddle. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Now in the vicinity of the interchange with Interstate 65, Indiana 2 widens to four lanes past the intersection with Mississippi Street. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Within the area around the Interstate 65 interchange, Indiana 2 was widened to four lanes in 2013 to better handle the additional commuter and truck traffic that utilizes this roadway. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Entering the diamond interchange with Interstate 65, a north-south freeway that goes for 887.3 miles from Gary, Indiana south through Indianapolis, Louisville, Nashville, Birmingham, Montgomery and finally Mobile, Alabama, ending at Interstate 10 along the Gulf Coast. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Interstate 65 southbound heads toward Lafayette and the Hoosier State capital of Indianapolis. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Crossing under Interstate 65, to the left one can take the freeway northward toward Merrillville, Gary and Chicago (55 miles to the north via either Interstates 80, 90, or 94). Photo taken 10/23/13.
An assortment of traveler services surround the intersection of Indiana 2 and Colorado Street to the east of the interchange with Interstate 65. These developments helped push the state to widen this stretch of roadway to four lanes. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Heading east away from the interstate-based businesses, Indiana 2 quickly returns to two lanes. Photo taken 10/23/13.
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East of Interstate 65, Indiana 2 crosses the southeastern part of Lake County, a long-shaped county that features several types of geography and development patterns. Here the highway traverses a strictly rural expanse of the county. Photos taken 10/23/13.
Indiana 2 enters Porter County (population 164,463). An alternative Interstate 65 shield guides traffic in the event of traffic disruptions on the busy freeway. The alternate route utilizes the upcoming U.S. 231 as an emergency detour if necessary. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Traffic has died down since crossing into Porter County, but Indiana 2 between Interstate 65 and Valparaiso can serve as an alternative route to bypass the congested U.S. 30 roadway to the north. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Up ahead is the junction with U.S. 231, which goes for 297 miles across Indiana from St. John at U.S. 41 southeast through Crown Point, Rensselaer, Remington, Lafayette, Crawfordsville, Greencastle, Spencer and Jasper before crossing into Kentucky near Owensboro. Nationally, the highway travels for 912 miles from St. John to Panama City, Florida. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Traffic continuing to Hebron and Valparaiso turns north onto U.S. 231 north & Indiana 2 east whereas U.S. 231 south runs south toward DeMotte (6.5 miles away) and the Jasper County seat of Rensselaer (29 miles away). Photo taken 10/23/13.
Indiana 2 turns left onto U.S. 231 north, as an emergency detour for Interstate 65 south follows U.S. 231 to the south. Straight ahead the road becomes County Road 1000 South. Photo taken 10/23/13.
U.S. 231 north & Indiana 2 east
Hebron lies two miles ahead on U.S. 231 & Indiana 2. Valparaiso, the Porter County seat, is 16 miles away. Photo taken 10/23/13.
For several miles, even after U.S. 231 breaks off, Indiana 2 runs in a due north direction through the southwestern part of Porter County. Photo taken 10/23/13.
U.S. 231 & Indiana 2 (Main Street) enters the town of Hebron (population 2,969). Photo taken 10/23/13.
A view of U.S. 231 & Indiana 2 (Main Street) through the south side of Hebron. The roadway was rebuilt in the latter half of the 2000s through the town. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Indiana 8 exists in two separate segments, here the western segment begins at U.S. 231 & Indiana 2 (Main Street) in Hebron and continues for another 43 miles to an eastern terminus with Indiana 17 southwest of Plymouth. The route passes through Kouts, La Crosse and Knox en route. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Indiana 8 (Sigler Street) runs east from U.S. 231 & Indiana 2 (Main Street) in the Hebron business district. The town of Kouts is nine miles to the east. Photo taken 10/23/13.
North of the intersection with Indiana 8 (Sigler Street), we approach the split between Indiana 2 east and U.S. 231 north (Pratt Street). Alternative Interstate 65 north traffic follows U.S. 231 back to the freeway, 9.3 miles northwest of here. Photo taken 10/23/13.
The Lake County seat of Crown Point lies about 11 miles from Hebron along U.S. 231 north. The US highway also serves as a connector between Hebron and Interstate 65. Indiana 2 continues north toward Valparaiso. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Indiana 2 east
Indiana 2 (Main Street) is by itself again north of the split from U.S. 231 north (Pratt Street). Photo taken 10/23/13.
Indiana 2 (Main Street) passes through a small commercial district on the north side of Hebron. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Now leaving Hebron, Indiana 2 is 15 miles away. LaPorte is the next control city at a distance of 37 miles. Photo taken 10/23/13.
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Indiana 2 leaving Hebron runs north for a few miles before taking on a northeasterly trajectory toward Valparaiso. Photos taken 10/23/13.
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Indiana 2 runs through the typical rural scenes that are common in northern Indiana as the highway. As the route continues north however, it runs closer and closer to the development fringe of the greater Chicago area that runs as far southeast as Valparaiso. Photos taken 10/23/13.
A flashing light marks the intersection between Indiana 2 and County Road 500 West at Porter Crossroads. Photo taken 10/23/13.
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Indiana 2 passes through a mix of wooded areas and farmland on the southwestern approach to Valparaiso. The highway has also been increasing in elevation from the Kankakee River lowlands that surrounded Lowell and Hebron toward the Valparaiso Moraine, a slightly elevated ridge that formed an older shoreline of Lake Michigan. Photos taken 10/23/13.
County Road 100 South runs west from Indiana 2 at Gates Corner toward the community of Lake of the Four Seasons, a gated development that straddles the Porter-Lake County line. Photo taken 10/23/13.
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Indiana 2 gains traffic as the highway nears the outskirts of Valparaiso, a major community in Northwest Indiana and seat of Porter County. Photos taken 10/23/13.
Division Road heads west for a few miles from Indiana 2 to the community of Lake Eliza. Photo taken 10/23/13.
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North of Division Road and Cobbs Corner, Indiana 2 passes through the suburban fringe of Valparaiso. Photos taken 10/23/13.
Indiana 2 crosses the intersection with County Road 100 West and Thornapple Way on the outskirts of Valparaiso. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Winding northeast along Indiana 2 past a Porter County highway garage as gets closer to the U.S. 30 expressway on the south edge of Valparaiso. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Smoke Road runs south from Indiana 2 while Horse Prairie Avenue heads north to U.S. 30. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Now in the city of Valparaiso (population 31,730), Indiana 2 approaches the junction with U.S. 30. U.S. 30 goes for nearly 159 miles in Indiana from Dyer on the Illinois state line to the Ohio state line east of New Haven. The U.S. highway is a four-lane facility for its trip across the state, passing through Merrillville, Valparaiso, Plymouth, Warsaw, Columbia City and Fort Wayne. Nationally the highway travels for 3,073 miles from Astoria, Oregon to Atlantic City, New Jersey. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Indiana 2 combines with U.S. 30 to the east for a couple of miles before following Indiana 49 to form a bypass around Valparaiso. As with most large cities, Indiana 2 once passes through the city center of Valparaiso. Today traffic can continue on Washington Street to Downtown Valparaiso. U.S. 30 otherwise continues west toward Merrillville, Schererville and Dyer en route to Joliet, Illinois. To the east, U.S. 30 connects with the Indiana 49 expressway en route to Plymouth and Fort Wayne. Photo taken 10/23/13.
Indiana 2 scenes
A view of an older-looking Indiana 2 shield at the intersection with Sturdy Road (old IN 130) and U.S. 30 on the southeast side of Valparaiso. The end shield was removed by 2013, and Indiana 130 was truncated west from Valparaiso by 2015. Photo taken 05/14/12.



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05/14/12, 10/23/13 by Thomas Decker

Connect with:
Interstate 65
U.S. 30
State Road 8

Page Updated 03-11-2016.