Indiana State Road 69

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State Road 69 marker

State Road 69
Route information
Maintained by INDOT
Length: 35.1 mi[1] (56.4 km)
Major junctions
South end: Hovey Lake Fish and Wildlife Area
North end: I-64 at Griffin
Location
Counties: Posey
Highway system
  • Indiana State Roads
I-69 I-70

State Road 69 (SR 69) is a part of the Indiana State Road system that runs between Hovey Lake Fish and Wildlife Area and Griffin in US state of Indiana. The 35.07 miles (56.44 km) of SR 69 that lie within Indiana serve as a major conduit. Some of the highway is listed on the National Highway System. Various sections are urban two-lane highway, four-lane divided highway and rural two-lane highway. The highway passes through residential, industrial and commercial properties.

SR 69 was first designated as a state road in 1931. SR 69 replaced the original State Road 20 designation of the highway which dated back to the formation of the Indiana state road system. SR 20 ran from Mount Vernon to New Harmony. SR 69 also replaced the second designation of the highway, SR 65, from the Ohio River to New Harmony.

Route description[edit]

SR 69 begins at the Hovey Lake Fish and Wildlife Area in southwestern Posey County, near the confluence of the Ohio River and the Wabash River. It proceeds roughly northeast as a rural two-lane on the banks of the Hovey Lake. The road turns due north, away from the lake, and towards Mount Vernon. The highway turn northwest passing around the southwest side of Mount Vernon, as a two-lane highway passing through farmland. The road turns east onto SR 62 and the two routes pass through downtown Mount Vernon. On the east side of downtown the road becomes a four-lane divided highway. Soon after SR 69 leaves the divided highway heading north. The route heads away from SR 62, as a four-lane undivided highway. The highway narrows to a two-lane highway and has a crossing with the Evansville Western Railroad track.[2][3][4]

Southern terminus of State Road 69 at Hovey Lake Fish and Wildlife Area

After the track, the roadway turns due west and has a sharp turn back due north, north of Mount Vernon. The highway heads north-northwest towards New Harmony as a rural two-lane highway, passing through mainly farmland with some woodlands. The route passes east of the Harmonie State Park and bypasses New Harmony to the southeast. SR 69 begins a concurrency with SR 66, heading northeast. Soon after the concurrency begin it ends with SR 66 heading due east and SR 69 still heading northeast. At an intersection with the western terminus of SR 68, SR 69 heads due north, before turning northwest. The highway makes a sharp curve heading northeast towards Griffin where it terminates at Interstate 64 (I–64).[2][4]

The only segment of SR 69 that is included as a part of the National Highway System (NHS), is between SR 62 and I–64.[5] The NHS is a network of highways that are identified as being most important for the economy, mobility and defense of the nation.[6] The highway is maintained by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) like all other state road in the state. The department tracks the traffic volumes along all state highways as a part of its maintenance responsibilities using a metric called average annual daily traffic (AADT). This measurement is a calculation of the traffic level along a segment of roadway for any average day of the year. In 2010, INDOT figured that lowest traffic levels were the 260 vehicles and 20 commercial vehicles used the highway daily near the southern terminus. The peak traffic volumes were 16,500 vehicles and 2,240 commercial vehicles AADT along the section of SR 69 that is concurrent with SR 62.[7]

History[edit]

Northern terminus of State Road 69 at Interstate 64 near Griffin

By 1923 the route that SR 69 takes today was signed as SR 20 from Mount Vernon to New Harmony, the rest was county roads.[8] In 1927, the whole segment of SR 20 was renumber SR 65.[9][10] The number was changed one last time, in 1931, this time to SR 69. In that year the route was extended south to the Ohio River, with a ferry across the river to Kentucky.[11][11]

Eventually it was connected to Interstate 64 at the Griffin exit and rerouted to bypass New Harmony. In the late 1990s, the highway was routed onto the new William Keck Bypass on the eastern side of Mount Vernon.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Posey County.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Point Township 0.00 0.00 Southern terminus of SR 69 at Hovey Lake Fish and Wildlife Area.
Mt. Vernon 8.21 13.21 SR 62 west Western end of SR 62 concurrency
13.48 21.69 SR 62 east – Evansville Eastern end of SR 62 concurrency
Harmony Township 25.91 41.70 SR 269 west Eastern terminus of SR 269; spur to Harmonie State Park.
Harmony Township 28.81 46.37 SR 66 west – New Harmony Western end of SR 66 concurrency
29.67 47.75 SR 66 east – Evansville Eastern end of SR 66 concurrency
30.48 49.05 SR 68 east – Poseyville Western terminus of SR 68
Griffin 35.07 56.44 I-64 – Evansville, St. Louis Northern terminus of SR 69
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Staff (2004). "Reference Post Book" (PDF). Indianapolis: Indiana Department of Transportation. S-69. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Indiana Department of Transportation (2012) (PDF). Indiana Transportation Map (Map). Cartography by INDOT (2011–2012 ed.). Section P1–N2. http://www.in.gov/indot/files/StateTransportationMap.pdf. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  3. ^ Indiana Department of Transportation (2011) (PDF). Indiana Railroad Map (Map). http://www.in.gov/indot/files/MAIN-RR-11_V1.pdf. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Google Inc. "Indiana State Road 69". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=IN-69+N&daddr=37.8480974,-87.944649+to:37.954729,-87.856294+to:IN-69+N%2FS+Main+St&hl=en&sll=37.946567,-87.884016&sspn=0.039799,0.071583&geocode=FdYQQQIdDtjB-g%3BFSGEQQIdNxLC-in9kws_z05wiDFGWG2g93pD_A%3BFakkQwIdWmvD-injyKgCqkpwiDHZ4F5uMKD84w%3BFSbcRgId2oHC-g&t=h&mra=dpe&mrsp=2&sz=14&via=1,2&z=14. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  5. ^ Federal Highway Administration (December 2003) (PDF). National Highway System: Indiana (Map). http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/national_highway_system/nhs_maps/indiana/in_indiana.pdf. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  6. ^ "National Highway System". Federal Highway Administration. August 26, 2010. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  7. ^ "INDOT Traffic Zones". Indiana Department of Transportation. 2010. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  8. ^ Indiana State Highway Commission (1923). State Highway Map, State of Indiana (Map). Cartography by ISHC (1923 ed.). http://indiamond6.ulib.iupui.edu/u?/HIM,286. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  9. ^ Rand McNally (1926). Road Map of Indiana (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally (1926 ed.). http://www.broermapsonline.org/members/NorthAmerica/UnitedStates/Midwest/Indiana/unitedstates1926ra_033.html. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  10. ^ Indiana State Highway Commission (1927) (PDF). State Highway System of Indiana (Map). Cartography by ISHC (1927 ed.). http://bl-libg-doghill.ads.iu.edu/gm-web/imdb/inhwy1927.pdf. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  11. ^ a b Indiana State Highway Commission (September 30, 1930) (PDF). State Highway System of Indiana (Map). Cartography by ISHC (1930 ed.). http://bl-libg-doghill.ads.iu.edu/gm-web/imdb/inhwy1930.pdf. Retrieved November 6, 2012.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing