Interstate 69I-69 currently goes from the northwest side of Indianapolis to north of Angola with another 68 mile section open north of I-64 near Evansville up to US 231 near Crane NSA. The section from US 231 to SR 37 is under construction and scheduled to be open in 2014. The length of the so-far completed Indiana route of I-69 is approximately 244 miles not including the current SR 37 and I-465 overlaps. The final mileage of the highway in Indiana will be over 320 miles when fully complete making it the longest route in the state surpassing US 231.
I-69 was originally planned to run from just east of Indianapolis (meeting with Interstate 70) to the toll road near the Indiana-Ohio Border. Indiana and Michigan agreed to a shifting of the northernmost portion of I-69 to its present position (removing a planned I-67 from between Kalamazoo and Elkhart for the mileage); then the southern portion of I-69 was shifted to meet SR 37 and to more directly connect into downtown Indianapolis. It was supposed to meet I-70 downtown. I-69 never made it downtown, however. The main, original section ends at I-465 in the Castleton area of Indianapolis (northeast). This section was completed around 1970 The I-165 designation was floated as a connector between I-69 and I-65/70 (to save money on moving/making signs), but that died out as well.
Indiana is finally building a freeway link between Indianapolis and Evansville, but only the part between Crane and Evansville has funding. The Indiana "3C" route was selected in January, 2003. This corridor goes through Washington, Newberry, Elnora, Bloomington, and Martinsville. The federal government has plans to expand I-69 all the way down to the Texas-Mexico border. It is still possible that part of the extension will be a toll road, but the part under construction near Evansville will have no tolling. Indiana has embarked on a plan of building the road with narrower medians, thinner pavement (i.e. staged), and less interchanges to generally control construction costs, stay within the $700M funding available, and open the highway faster.
I-69 will follow the route of the freeway now numbered as I-164 around Evansville. When the route number of that highway will be changed is unknown. The proposed I-69 is to cross the Ohio River into Kentucky on a new bridge and routing east of US 41. The total cost of the new bridge project is expected to exceed $1B with costs shared between the two states. South of there it is to meet existing Kentucky parkways which will take it south and west.
The full, planned route of I-69 is from the current northern/eastern terminus in Port Huron, Michigan southwest to the Rio Grande River in Texas.
|North Section:||Indianapolis - northwest side (I-465)||< 157 miles >||Michigan State Line -|
|South Section:||Elberfeld (I-64)||< 2 miles >||Crane Naval Weapons Depot (US 231)|
Google Map of I-69
|Cities Served:||Anderson, Angola, Auburn, Chesterfield, Daleville, Elberfeld, Fishers, Fort Wayne, Gas City, Indianapolis, Markle, Noblesville, Pendleton, Petersburg, Washington|
|Counties Served:||Allen, Daviess, Dekalb, Delaware, Gibson, Grant, Greene, Hamilton, Huntington, Madison, Marion, Pike, Steuben, Wells|
|INDOT County Flow Maps (AADT):||2002 Interstate Annual Average Daily Traffic Volumes|
|Highway Name(s):||Koreans Veteran''s Memorial Highway|
|Branches:||SR 469, I-469|
|Multiplexes:||SR 9, US 24, US 30, US 33, US 35, SR 37, SR 38, SR 57, SR 67|
|Ending at I-69:||SR 1, SR 3, SR 4, SR 14, US 27, SR 109, SR 238, SR 332, I-469|
|NHS:||Entire length in Indiana from the Michigan state line to Indianapolis|
|Control Cities:||Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Lansing|
|Related Links:||» AA Roads - I-69|
|» Bloomington for I-69|
|» Fact Sheet: I-69 - Evansville to Indianapolis|
|» I-69 Evansville to Indianapolis|
|» I-69 Evansville to Indianapolis Official Study Website|
|» INDOT East Central Region Major Moves|
|» INDOT I-69 Interchanges|
|» INDOT Major Moves Projects for Hamilton County|
|» INDOT South West Region Major Moves|
|» Interstate 69 from KentuckyRoads.com|
|» Interstate 69 from Wikipedia|
|» Michigan Highway Ends - I-69|
|» Michigan Highways - I-69|
|» StarOwl's Highway Heaven: I-69 Indiana|
|Scanned maps:|| » Map of proposed I-69 route into downtown Indianapolis
|The northern section is the 157 original route that goes from I-465 in Indianapolis to the Michigan State Line north of Angola.|
|Cities Served:||Anderson, Angola, Auburn, Chesterfield, Daleville, Fishers, Fort Wayne, Gas City, Markle, Noblesville, Pendleton|
|Counties Served:||Allen, Dekalb, Delaware, Grant, Hamilton, Huntington, Madison, Steuben, Wells|