Indiana State Road 45

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State Road 45 marker

State Road 45
Frank McCloskey Highway
Route information
Maintained by INDOT
Length: 55.65 mi[1] (89.56 km)
Major junctions
South end: US 231
North end: SR 135 at Beanblossom
Highway system
  • Indiana State Roads
SR 44 SR 46

State Road 45 is a state route from Bean Blossom, Indiana to Scotland, Indiana in the southern half of the state.

State Road 45 in Brown County

Route description[edit]

From Bean Blossom and through Brown County, State Road 45 is a narrow, shoulderless two-lane road that passes between the Morgan-Monroe State Forest and the Yellowwood State Forest. It is heavily wooded and follows the natural terrain, which gives the road tight curves and steep hills.

As the road passes into Monroe County, the woods disappear and farms and homes begin to line the road. The road remains hilly and curvy until it reaches Bloomington, where it bypasses the city concurrent with State Road 46 and then State Road 37. West of Bloomington, shoulders appear on State Road 45 and its two lanes become wider. The road meanders with the rolling terrain until it meets and overlaps State Road 58, after which it is straight and flat until its terminus at US 231.

History[edit]

Prior to the early 1980s, State Road 45 was multiplexed with U.S. 231 from Rockport to the State Road 58 junction near Scotland. However, as with State Road 43's former multiplex with 231 from Spencer to Lafayette, the state highway department deleted much of the route.

This left the current segment along with a short, 5-mile section from Patronville to Rockport that acted as a connector to then-U.S. 231 (now State Road 161) and Owensboro, Kentucky. This southern section was decommissioned and turned over to the control of the city of Rockport (within the city limits) and Spencer County (outside of Rockport) in early 2001, about a year before U.S. 231 was rerouted onto the William H. Natcher Bridge.

A major construction project to widen the road to four-lanes in Bloomington was completed in November 2012.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Greene Scotland 0.00 0.00 US 231 / SR 58 west – Loogootee, Elnora, Bloomfield Southern end of SR 45, as well as southern terminus of concurrency with SR 58
Owensburg 9.07 14.60 SR 58 east – Bedford Northern end of concurrency with SR 58 after 9.07 miles
Cincinnati 16.56 26.65 SR 54 east – Bedford Southern end of concurrency with SR 54
16.70 26.88 SR 54 west – Bloomfield Northern end of concurrency with SR 54 after 0.14 miles
18.58 29.90 SR 445 south Northern terminus of SR 445
Monroe Bloomington 29.82 47.99 I-69 south / SR 37 – Bedford Southern end of concurrency with I-69 and SR 37
SR 48 west Eastern terminus of SR 48
32.88 52.92 I-69 north / SR 37 west / SR 46 – Martinsville, Spencer Northern terminus of concurrency with I-69 and SR 37 after 3.06 miles. Southern terminus of concurrency with SR 46.
36.23 58.31 SR 46 east – Columbus Northern terminus of concurrency with SR 46 after 3.35 miles.
Brown Beanblossom 55.65 89.56 SR 135 – Nashville, Morgantown Northern terminus of SR 45
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "INDOT Roadway Referencing System" (PDF).