VISIONS FOR INDIANA's FUTURE

VISIONS

Great ideas about ways that we can improve the transportation infrastructure in Indiana. These "visions" highlight specific upgrades and improvements that can be made throughout the state to help improve the efficiency and capacity of our roads, freeways, and highways. Select a corridor or project below for more information

KEY PROJECTS

KEY CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS



Interstate 65
Region Key Vision
Statewide Widen I-65 to a minimum of 3 lanes wide throughout the state
Indianapolis NW Improve the I-65/I-465 northwest Interchange to allow additional travel lane from NB I-65 to NB I-465, and a new flyover ramp from SB I-465 to SB I-65.
Merrillville, Lafayette, Indianapolis, Clarksville Increase Speed limits from 55 mph to 65 mph (and from 50 mph to 55 mph in downtown Indy). Slow travel speeds are posted at least 20 mph below the average traffic flow speed, Install speed cameras in high traffic areas to promote speed obedience and increase safety.

I-65 Is the main artery of the state. It is of vital importance because this highway is a gateway to the south and a major route to Chicago. Recently Kentucky has completed upgrades creating a third lane each way through the entire state as well. Providing an additional lane in Indiana would set I-65 apart as a major through route from Nashville (I-40 all the way to Chicago.

Interstate 70
Region Key Vision
Statewide Widen I-70 to a minimum of 3 lanes wide throughout the state
Terre Haute, Indianapolis Increase Speed limits from 55 mph to 65 mph (and from 50 mph to 55 mph in downtown Indy). Slow travel speeds are posted at least 20 mph below the average traffic flow speed, Install speed cameras in high traffic areas to promote speed obedience and increase safety.In addition recently reconstructed segments of I-70 through Indianapolis would safely allow faster travel speeds.

I-70 Is a transcontinental route of major importance for east west shipping all across the country. With Indianapolis poised a the crossroads of the country, more thru lanes would facilitate the increase in truck traffic. In addition this corridor is one that was considered as a potential corridor of the future, whihc includes possible multimodal functions including dedicated truck lanes. These options should continue to be explored.

Hoosier Heartland Expressway - US-24/SR-25
Region Key Vision
Ft Wayne to Lafayette Upgrade highway to full freeway from I-69/469 in Fort Wayne to I-65 in Lafayette.

The hoosier heartland corridor (currently under construction) would be upgraded to full freeway. Interstate 76 could be routed along this corridor if it extended west from Ohio

Illiana Expressway - Toll Road
Region Key Vision
Michigan City IN to Morris IL Increase the scope of the toll facility to go from the original plan from I-94 in Michigan City travelling south then west to Morris IL south of Joliet IL.

This toll facility could eventually become a possible interstate bypass route, such as I-480. This route currently planned to link I-65 south of Crown Point IN to I-57 near Peotone IL. The Visions scope lengthens that facility to the East connecting it to the Indiana Toll Road and I-94 in Michigan city. To the west of I-57 it connects with I-55 and then ends at I-80 in Morris Il. This facility would provide a new congestion free alternative for car and truck travel around the Chicago metro area, that despite being tolled would provide an excellent transportation option while relieving congestion on I-80/94 (Borman Expressway) and the Indiana Toll Road (I-90)

Lloyd Expressway - SR62/SR66
Region Key Vision
Evansville Upgrade highway to full freeway from I-164 (Future I-69) to University parkway as an interstate spur of I-69 (possibly I-569).

This would allow better access to downtown and the University of Southern Indiana from the interstate system and also provide an additional access route for the section of existing I-164 that is to be orphaned whine I-69 is completed (possibly renumbered as I-169).

OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS AND VISIONS

These projects are vital to the transportation infrastructure in the Hoosier state. Indiana is still seeing many areas of expanding growth throughout the state, and these projects are needed to ensure that Indiana does not experience gridlock.

Other projects that need priority attention are:

  • Indianapolis - Upgrading the Keystone Ave/Rural Corridor to add extra lanes and urban parkway
  • Indianapolis - Widen Washington Street to 6+ lanes inside I-465 loop. synchronize Signals, add median
  • Indianapolis - Widening US 36 Rockville Road to 6 lane urban expressway, with Medians and turn restrictions
  • Indianapolis - Upgrading the I-465 interchange with Allisonville Road into a SPUI - Completed 2012
  • Indianapolis - Upgrading the I-69 interchange with 96th Street into a SPUI or Diverging Diamond configuration
  • Indianapolis - Upgrade East 38th Street Add medians, restrict some left turn movements. Widen to 6 lanes
  • Merrillville/Hobart/Valparaiso - Convert US-30 to a Expressway with grade separations and one way frontage roads on either side from 2 miles west of I-65 From there the road would be upgraded as a freeway east to Valparaiso with frontage roads (similar to texas style freeways)

There are other projects that can also be considered to help Indiana's transportation needs long term. Such as an interstate upgrade of US-31 North of Indy to provide another interstate highway connection northern Indiana (possible future Interstate 67). See more information about the Vision for Indiana on the Visions page