Interstate 94 in Indiana

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This article is about the section of Interstate 94 in Indiana. For the entire length of the highway, see Interstate 94.

Interstate 94 marker

Interstate 94
Route information
Maintained by INDOT
Length: 45.75 mi[1] (73.63 km)
Major junctions
West end: I-80 / I-94 / US 6 at Illinois state line
 
East end: I‑94 at Michigan state line
Highway system
  • Indiana State Roads
I-90 SR 101

Interstate 94 (I-94) is a part of the Interstate Highway System that runs from Billings, Montana, to Port Huron, Michigan. I-94 enters Indiana from Illinois in the west, in Munster and runs generally eastward through Hammond, Gary and Portage, before entering Michigan northeast of Michigan City. The interstate runs for approximately 45.75 miles (73.63 km) through the state. The landscape traversed by I-94 include urban areas of Northwest Indiana, wooded areas, and farmland. The section of I-94 between the Illinois state line and Lake Station is named the Borman Expressway.

Route description[edit]

The Borman Expressway in Hammond, approaching exit 3

Interstate 94 enters Indiana from Illinois on the Borman Expressway, in Munster. The freeway heads towards the east as a ten-lane interstate, quickly entering the City of Hammond. The road has an interchange with Calumet Avenue, which US 41 is concurrent with towards the north of the interchange. After the Calumet interchange is an interchange with Indianapolis Boulevard, which carries US 41 south of this interchange and SR 152 to the north. East of Indianapolis Boulevard the interstate passes over Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks, before having an interchange with Kennedy Avenue. After Kennedy Avenue, the freeway passes to the north of industrial properties, before having an interchange at SR 912, also known as Cline Avenue.[2][3] Between Kennedy Avenue and SR 912 is one of the highest average annual daily traffic (AADT) in the state at 163,912 vehicles.[4] At the interchange with Cline Avenue, the Borman Expressway becomes an eight-lane interstate, it also leaves Hammond and enters the City of Gary.[2][3][5]

East of SR 912 the interstate has an overpass over railroad tracks, before having an interchange with Burr Street. After Burr Street the highway passes near woodland, as a ten-lane interstate. The freeway has an interchange with both Grant Street and Broadway. The interstate has an interchange with I-65. Central Avenue has an incomplete interchange, eastbound exit and westbound entrance, with the interstate that is accessed through ramps at I-65 exit. East of Central Avenue the freeway becomes a six-lane interstate passing near wooded areas, with farmland. The highway enters Lake Station and has an interchange with US 6. East of the interchange with US 6, the Borman Expressway has an interchange with the Indiana Toll Road. I-80 leaves I-94 and heads east of the toll road. The Borman Expressway name ends at the toll road interchange. The freeway passes over the toll road, before leaving Lake Station and entering Portage.[2][3]

In Portage the interstate passes over US 20 and begins to parallel US 20, before having an interchange with SR 249. East of SR 249 the highway leaves Portage and enters Burns Harbor, before passing under SR 149. I-94 has a cloverleaf interchange with US 20, before entering Porter. While passing through Porter, the highway passes over a Norfolk Southern railroad track. After Porter the road enters Chesterton and has an interchange with SR 49. East of SR 49 the freeway leaves Chesterton entering rural Porter County, before entering LaPorte County. The interstate has an interchange with US 421 just south of Michigan City. The road curves to the northeast, bypassing Michigan City to the southeast, having an interchange with US 20. After US 20, I-94 passes over a Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad track, before leaving the Michigan City area and entering Michigan.[2][3][5] The segment of freeway between US 20 and the Michigan state line has the lowest AADT on I-94 in the state of Indiana, at 37,179 vehicles.[4]

History[edit]

The expressway now known as the Borman was originally known as the Tri-State Highway, and construction of the expressway began in 1949.[6] The designation went through the Kingery Expressway, and eventually linked with the Tri-State Tollway in Illinois.[7] It was originally designated SR 420 in Indiana.[8] US 6 diverged at Calumet Avenue south, and ran on Calumet Avenue and Ridge Road.[9]

At various times, the expressway was extended from Indianapolis Boulevard to Burr Street, then to Georgia Street east of Broadway, and eventually to the Toll Road.[7] Some time after the enactment of the Interstate Highway System, the expressway was designated as I-80, I-90, and I-294, and the I-94 designation was applied to the Toll Road west of where the current interchange with the Borman was eventually built.[9][10] The expressways were renumbered around 1965, to avoid the implication that through drivers must change roads to stay on I-90 or I-94, resulting in the Borman becoming I-80/I-94, and I-294 being cut back to the Tri-State Tollway and no longer entering Indiana. US 6 was extended along the Borman to Ripley Street at that time (its earlier alignment in this area became US 6 business). The Borman Expressway is named after Frank Borman, commander of the Apollo 8 space mission, who was born in Gary.[11]

The eastern section of I-94 in Indiana was completed last, after the nearby Michigan section had been completed, leading to what was called in the interim the "Cornfield Roadblock".[citation needed]

Reconstruction[edit]

Borman Expressway three-level interchange at Cline Avenue

Reconstruction of the Borman commenced in 2004.[12] The reconstruction of both the Kingery and the Borman aimed to significantly reduce the delays encountered on the highway. The reconstructed portion of the Borman is eight lanes wide, with additional collector-distributor lanes between interchanges. Construction between the Illinois state line and exit 11 (I-65 south ramp to Indianapolis) was completed in 2007. The Interstate 65 Interchange Modification Project continued into 2009, including replacing the pavement of the Borman to Central Avenue.[13]

The Borman and Cline Avenue interchange is a partial cloverleaf interchange. Two flyover ramps allow southbound Cline Avenue traffic to merge onto the eastbound Borman Expressway, and northbound Cline Avenue traffic to merge onto the westbound Borman. The remaining ramps utilize the cloverleaf design.[14]

Flooding[edit]

On Saturday, September 13, 2008, at approximately 9:00 a.m. CDT, all lanes of the Borman Expressway in both directions at Kennedy Avenue in Hammond were closed by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Indiana State Police due to severe flooding from the Little Calumet River. A levee breach, thanks to torrential rains from the remnants of Hurricane Ike, reportedly caused water from the river to cascade across all lanes to a depth of nearly five feet under the Kennedy Avenue overpass. The expressway remained shutdown in both directions until the following Wednesday, September 17, 2008. There had also been flooding in August 2007 and various measures have been undertaken to prevent future occurrences.[15]

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Lake Munster 0.00 0.00 I-80 west / I-94 west / US 6 west – Chicago Illinois state line
Hammond 0.87 1.40 1 US 41 north (Calumet Avenue) – Hammond, Munster, Chicago Western end of US 41 concurrency
2.39 3.85 2 US 41 south / SR 152 north (Indianapolis Boulevard) – Hammond, Highland Eastern end of US 41 concurrency; serves Purdue University Calumet
3.35 5.39 3 Kennedy Avenue Serves Visitors' Center
Gary 4.92 7.92 5 SR 912 (Cline Avenue) – East Chicago, Griffith Serves Gary/Chicago International Airport
6.44 10.36 6 Burr Street
8.96 14.42 9 Grant Street
9.92 15.96 10 SR 53 (Broadway) Serves Indiana University Northwest
11.01–
11.80
17.72–
18.99
11
12
I-65 to Indiana Toll Road – Indianapolis, Chicago via toll road Signed as exits 11 (south) and 12 (north) eastbound and exit 12 westbound
Lake Station 12.68 20.41 13 Central Avenue Eastbound exit (shares ramp with I-65 north, Exit 12) and westbound entrance
15.00 24.14 15 US 6 east / SR 51 to US 20 (Ripley Street) Eastern end of US 6 concurrency; signed as exits 15A (south/east) and 15B (north); westbound exit 15B is part of exit 16
15.51 24.96 16 I-80 east / I-90 / Indiana Toll Road – South Bend, Chicago Eastern end of I-80 concurrency
Porter Portage 18.82 30.29 19 SR 249 – Port of Indiana, Portage
Porter 22.13–
22.39
35.61–
36.03
22 US 20 – Burns Harbor, Porter Signed as exits 22A (west) and 22B (east)
Chesterton 26.05 41.92 26 SR 49 – Chesterton, Valparaiso Signed as exits 26A (south) and 26B (north); serves Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
LaPorte Coolspring Township 34.24–
34.61
55.10–
55.70
34 US 421 – Westville, Michigan City Signed as exits 34A (south) and 34B (north)
Springfield Township 39.95 64.29 40 US 20 to US 35 – South Bend, Michigan City, La Porte Signed as exits 40A (east/south) and 40B (west/north)
45.75 73.63 I‑94 east – Detroit Michigan state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Staff. "INDOT Roadway Referencing System" (PDF). Indiana Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Google Inc. "Overview of Interstate 94 in Indiana". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=I-80+E%2FI-94+E&daddr=I-94+E&hl=en&ll=41.653419,-87.153168&spn=0.637199,1.234589&sll=41.759052,-86.750311&sspn=0.00497,0.009645&geocode=FU9pegIdZ3rI-g%3BFdQ0fQIdMknU-g&mra=me&mrsp=1,0&sz=17&t=h&z=10. Retrieved November 19, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d Indiana Department of Transportation (2014). Indiana Roadway Map for 2014 (Map). Cartography by INDOT (2014 ed.). Section B3-A5. http://www.in.gov/indot/files/Maps_StateMapFront.pdf. Retrieved November 19, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Staff (2010). "Indiana Traffic Counts". Indianapolis: Indiana Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Indiana Department of Transportation (2013) (PDF). Indiana Railroad Map (Map). http://www.in.gov/indot/files/Rail_RailMap_2013.pdf. Retrieved November 20, 20113.
  6. ^ Staff. "City of Hammond History". City of Hammond, Indiana. Retrieved April 16, 2007. 
  7. ^ a b Benman, Keith (April 1, 2007). "Region's first free expressway built in 'another time' ". The Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster, IN). Retrieved April 3, 2007. 
  8. ^ Staff. "Facts & Photos". Indiana Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Indiana State Highway Department (1963). Official Indiana State Map (Map). Cartography by ISHD (1963–64 ed.). http://highwayexplorer.com/showScannedMap.php?id=278. Retrieved April 16, 2007.
  10. ^ DX Oil. Dimapco Indiana State Map (Map). Cartography by Dimapco (1960s ed.). http://highwayexplorer.com/showScannedMap.php?id=95. Retrieved April 16, 2007.
  11. ^ Staff. "Frank Borman". Borman Expressway Reconstruction Project. Indiana Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on March 28, 2007. Retrieved March 18, 2007. 
  12. ^ Staff. "Time Line". Borman Expressway Reconstruction Project. Indiana Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on March 28, 2007. Retrieved April 16, 2007. 
  13. ^ Staff. "About the Borman Expressway Reconstruction Project". Borman Expressway Reconstruction Project. Indiana Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on March 27, 2007. Retrieved April 16, 2007. 
  14. ^ Google Inc. "Borman Expressway at Cline Avenue". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=29.496064,59.765625&ie=UTF8&ll=41.570316,-87.432289&spn=0.013581,0.029182&z=15. Retrieved March 22, 2008.
  15. ^ Benman, Keith (August 12, 2009). "Borman to get flood fix at Kennedy". The Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster, IN). Retrieved January 23, 2010. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing


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