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US 31

US 31 was an original 1926 US highway and has been a major road through Indiana since long before the advent of the Interstate System. It is important enough to be divided and have a few interchanges north of Indianapolis. South of Indianapolis the part from Columbus to Indianapolis is divided and runs parallel to I-65. It briefly multiplexes with I-65 in Clark County, but has its own crossing into Kentucky. Between Westfield and South Bend, the highway is scheduled to be upgraded to a freeway by 2011. The part in Carmel will be expanded, but it is not clear if it will brought up to full freeway standards.

The US 31 routing has undergone these significant changes in Indiana in recent history:
  • Early 1950s: Kokomo and Westfield bypasses built; part from Indianapolis to Columbus upgraded to divided highway
  • Mid 1950s: Kokomo-Westfield upgraded to divided highway
  • Early 1970s: Peru-Kokomo upgraded to divided highway
  • Mid 1970s: Plymouth-Peru and Carmel sections upgraded to divided highway
  • 1980: US 31 rerouted west of South Bend to freeway bypass
  • 2002: The route through Indianapolis was moved to the east leg of I-465 as part of the mega multiplex
  • With the passage of Major Moves, the section from South Bend south to US 30 and the section around Kokomo are planned to be rerouted and upgraded to freeway while the remaining part north of Indianapolis will be upgraded to freeway.
US 31 serves South Bend, Plymouth, Rochester, Kokomo, Carmel, Indianapolis, Greenwood, Columbus, Scottsburg, Sellersburg, and Clarksville.

US 31A: US 31A (shown as SR 31A on some maps) ran from north of Columbus into Columbus and down to Seymour on an original portion of US 31. A sizable portion of this road is now part of a larger Indiana 11. The US 31A designation was first shown in the 1940s and dropped in 1984.

US 31E/W: US 31 used to split into 31E and 31W at Sellersburg and cross into Kentucky at different points -- 31E at Jeffersonville and 31W at New Albany. The bridge for 31E still exists and carries US 31 across the Ohio River, but the bridge for 31W has not carried vehicular traffic since the completion of Interstate 64 through downtown Louisville. The 31E and 31W designations were dropped in 1980 and US 31W became SR 311.
 
US 31: Kentucky State Line - in Clarksville < 258 miles > Michigan State Line - near South Bend
US 31A Section: Seymour (US 50) < 23 miles > Columbus (US 31)
US 31E Section: Kentucky State Line - Jeffersonville () < 0 miles > Sellersburg (US 31)
 
US 31W Section: Kentucky State Line - New Albany () < 0 miles > Sellersburg (US 31)
 

Google Map of US 31

 


Cities Served: Argos, Austin, Carmel, Clarksville, Columbus, Crothersville, Edinburgh, Franklin, Greenwood, Henryville, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Lakeville, Lapaz, New Whiteland, Peru, Plymouth, Rochester, Scottsburg, Sellersburg, South Bend, Westfield, Whiteland
Counties Served: Bartholomew, Clark, Fulton, Hamilton, Howard, Jackson, Johnson, Miami, Scott, St. Joseph, Tipton
INDOT County Flow Maps (AADT): Bartholomew, Clark, Fulton, Hamilton, Howard, Jackson, Johnson, Miami, Scott, St. Joseph, Tipton
Related Highway: Old SR 1
Highway Name(s): Dixie Highway, North-South Blue Star Memorial Hwy, St. Joseph Valley Parkway (S. Bend/Elkhart bypass)
Branches: SR 131, US 131, SR 231, US 231, SR 331, SR 431, SR 931
Multiplexes: US 20, US 35, US 36, SR 37, US 40, US 52, I-65, SR 67, I-74, SR 218, SR 252, US 421, I-465
Ending at US 31: SR 2, SR 4, SR 13, US 31, SR 39, SR 60, SR 135, SR 144, SR 160, SR 234, SR 311, SR 356, SR 403, SR 431, SR 931
NHS: The stretch from Indianapolis to the Michigan line and a small stretch from I-65 NW to Camp Atterbury
Freeway: Michigan line to Michigan St. in South Bend, Multiplex with I-465, south of SR 26 to north of US 35 in Kokomo, I-465 to SR 38 (under construction), US 30 in Plymouth to US 20 in South Bend (under construction)
Expressway: US 6 to SR 18, SR 431 to I-465
Related Links: » INDOT Major Moves Projects for Bartholomew County
  » INDOT Major Moves Projects for Hamilton County
  » INDOT Major Moves Projects for Howard County
  » INDOT Major Moves Projects for St. Joseph County
  » INDOT North East Region Major Moves
  » INDOT North West Region Major Moves
  » Michigan Highway Ends - US 31
  » Michigan Highways - US 31
  » Old US 31 in Northern Indiana (Jim Grey)
  » Routes in South Bend and Metro Northern Indiana
  » U.S. 31 Improvement Project (Hamilton County)
  » U.S. 31 Kokomo Corridor Project
  » U.S. 31 South Bend to Plymouth
  » US 31 from Kentucky Roads.com
  » US Ends .com - US 31
  » US Highway 31@Everything2.com
Scanned maps:Map icon » Map of US31A between Columbus and Seymour (1977)
» Map of US 31E (1973)
» Map of US 31W (1973)



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  Northern Terminus:
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Looking north approaching Michigan
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Looking south from Michigan
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Approaching the Indiana line from the north
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Northbound at the Michigan line
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  Southern Terminus:
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Looking south approaching Louisville, Kentucky
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Looking north leaving Louisville, Kentucky
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On the bridge to Louisville, Kentucky in the background
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Looking north at the southern terminus of US 31 at Jeffersonville at the Ohio River.
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Looking north at I-65 at the southern terminus of US 31 at Jeffersonville at the Ohio River.
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A closeup of the Indiana welcome sign
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Looking at the US 31 bridge from Louisville
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  Multiplex Photographs:
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US 31/SR 218: Looking north by Grissom Air Reserve Base (2004)
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US 31/US 35: Looking north at the Chrysler plant in Kokomo where US 31 and US 35 ran concurrently on the old Kokomo bypass (2004)
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US 20/US 31: Looking down SR 2 at the sign for the US 20/US 31 multiplex around the southwest side of South Bend (2003)
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This section of I-465 multiplexes with US 31, SR 37, US 52, and US 421 (2004)
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US 31/SR 252: Looking at the point where SR 252 joins US 31 in Edinburgh
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US 31/I-465: Photo shows how US 31 is marked as it joins I-465 (2004)
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US 20/US 31: Westbound on the St. Joseph Valley Parkway (2004)
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I-74/I-465/US 31: Looking north on Indy's south side
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US 31/I-65: Looking north just north of the Ohio River
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I-465/US 31/US 36/US 40/US 52/US 421/SR 37/SR 67: 8 highways multiplexed (2005)
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US 31/SR 46: Until SR 46 was re-routed, SR 46 and US 31 multiplexed for a short distance
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US 31/US 35: Northbound on the Kokomo bypass befor it was officially opened (2013)

  Other Photographs:
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Amish people are spread all over the state. This is a view of a buggy exiting US 31
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Looking south on US 31 in mid-winter
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Looking north on US 31 in the Carmel office area
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Looking north in Clay Terrace SC right off US 31
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US 31 enhanced reference location sign (.2 mile marker) in Kokomo
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North-South continental divide sign in South Bend
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Northbound at Plymouth-Goshen Trail between Plymouth and Lapaz
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Northbound at Lilac Road near Lapaz
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Tyler Road overpass in Lapaz
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CR 200S overpass in Kokomo being built. This was the first Kokomo bypass project.
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Construction beginning at CR 50N overpass in Kokomo
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New SR 14 overpass
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Northbound view of the Kokomo Bypass (freeway) under construction

  Interchange Photographs:
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129 Exit 129: Looking south in Carmel at SR 431 (2005)
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129 Exit 129: Southbound at former SR 431 (2008)
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129 Exit 129B Southbound at Keystone Pkwy. (2013)
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131 Exit 131 Southbound at 161st Street (2013)
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136 Exit 136: Southbound at SR 38 in Noblesville (2013)
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156 Exit 156: Northbound at southern junction with SR 931 (2013)
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158 Exit 158: Northbound at SR 26 (2013)
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158 Exit 158: Southbound at SR 26 (2013)
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161 Exit 161: Northbound at CR 100S (2013)
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161 Exit 161: Southbound at E. Boulevard in Kokomo (2013)
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162 Exit 162: Northbound at SR 22/US 35 (2013)
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162 Exit 162: Southbound at SR 22/US 35 (2013)
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165 Exit 165: Northbound at Touby Pike (2013)
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165 Exit 165: Northbound at Touby Pike (2013)
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166 Exit 166: Northbound at US 35 north junction (2013)
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167 Exit 167: Southbound at the northern SR 931 interchange (2013)
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191 Exit 191: Northbound at US 24 near Peru (2010)
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212 Exit 212: Northbound at SR 25 in Rochester (2010)
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234 Exit 234: Northbound at US 30 in Plymouth (2010)
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240 Exit 240: Southbound at old US 31 (2006)
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245 Exit 245 Northbound approaching Kern Rd. (2013)
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247 Northbound at US 20/St. Joseph Valley Parkway (2012)
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257 Exit 257: Northbound at SR 23 (2010)
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259 Exit 259: Northbound at Mayflower Rd. (2006)
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260 Exit 260: Northbound at SR 2 (2010)
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262 Exit 262: Northbound at US 20 (2010)
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263 Exit 263: Northbound at Nimitz Parkway in South Bend (2010)
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263 Exit 263: Northbound at the Toll Road (2010)
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263 Exit 263: Southbound on US 31 at the Toll Road (2006)
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264 Exit 264: Looking north at Brick Road (2005)
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Control Cities: Indianapolis and South Bend
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Control City: Kokomo (2012)
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Control City: Toll Road (2006)

US 31A Section:

US 31A ran from north of Columbus into Columbus and Seymour on an original portion of US 31. a sizable portion of this road is now part of a larger Indiana 11.
Cities Served:Columbus, Seymour
Counties Served:Bartholomew, Jackson
 
 
  Northern Terminus: Columbus   at US 31
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This picture was taken looking north where US 31A met US 31 just northwest of Columbus
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This picture was taken looking south where US 31A split from US 31 just northwest of Columbus
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The southern terminus of US 31 has not been photographed for this site. Any and all photos are welcome, along with descriptions.
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US 31E Section:

Until the 1970s, US 31 was split in extreme southern Indiana. What was US 31E is the current US 31 route
Cities Served:Clarksville, Jeffersonville, Sellersburg
Counties Served:Clark
 
 
The northern terminus of US 31 has not been photographed for this site. Any and all photos are welcome, along with descriptions.
Google Map  
The southern terminus of US 31 has not been photographed for this site. Any and all photos are welcome, along with descriptions.
Google Map  

US 31W Section:

US 31W entered Indiana from Kentucky on the old K&I Toll Bridge (or, by its full name, the Kentucky & Indiana Terminal Railroad & Toll Bridge) which was built around 1908. It closed to auto traffic in 1979 when an overloaded gravel truck broke through the steel decking somewhere over the river. The bridge was narrow and for years it was rusty. Currently, it is owned by CSX, which still uses it for trains several times a day between New Albany and Louisville.
Cities Served:New Albany, Sellersburg
Counties Served:Clark, Floyd
Status:Decommissioned
 
 
The northern terminus of US 31 has not been photographed for this site. Any and all photos are welcome, along with descriptions.
Google Map  
The southern terminus of US 31 has not been photographed for this site. Any and all photos are welcome, along with descriptions.
Google Map  

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