Indiana State Road 2

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State Road 2 marker

State Road 2
Route information
Maintained by INDOT
Length: 80.98 mi[1] (130.32 km)
Major junctions
West end: IL 17 near Lowell
  US 41 near Lowell
I-65 near Dinwiddie
US 231 in Hebron
US 30 in Valparaiso
US 6 in Westville
US 421 in Westville
US 35 in La Porte
US 20
East end: US 20 / US 31 in South Bend
Location
Counties: Lake, Porter, LaPorte, St. Joseph
Highway system
  • Indiana State Roads
SR 1 SR 3

State Road 2 (SR 2) in the U.S. State of Indiana is an east–west route running from the Illinois border at Illinois Route 17 east to the outskirts of South Bend, Indiana at the U.S. Route 20/U.S. Route 31 freeway, also known as the St. Joseph Valley Parkway. This is a distance of 80.98 miles (130.32 km).

Route description[edit]

Illinois to Valparaiso[edit]

SR 2 begins at the Illinois–Indiana State Line where Illinois Route 17 ends. SR 2 heads northeast toward U.S. Route 41 (US 41) and is concurrent with US 41 for 2.64 miles (4.25 km). It then heads east toward Lowell; beyond Lowell there is a short concurrency with State Road 55 (SR 55), followed by an interchange with Interstate 65 (I-65) at exit number 240. About 4 miles (6.4 km) to the east, SR 2 joins U.S. Route 231 (US 231) and they are concurrent for 2.17 miles (3.49 km). After SR 2 leaves US 231 it heads north-northeast toward Valparaiso.[2][3]

Valparaiso to LaPorte[edit]

SR 2 enters Valpariso from the southwest and joins U.S. Route 30 (US 30). At the State Road 49 (SR 49) exit, SR 2 joins SR 49 north. Soon after SR 2 leaves SR 49 and heads northeast toward LaPorte. Passing though Westville, there is a short concurrency with U.S. Route 421 (US 421).[3][4]

LaPorte to South Bend[edit]

SR 2 enters LaPorte from the west along with State Road 39 (SR 39). In downtown LaPorte SR 2 has an intersection with U.S. Route 35 (US 35); here, SR 39 is concurrent with US 35. From this point, SR 2 is a four-lane divided highway. SR 2 heads northeast from LaPorte to Rolling Prairie where it meets US 20. Here, US 20 and SR 2 switch alignments at a lighted intersection; US 20 follows the north and west legs of the intersection, while SR 2 follows the south and east legs. On the west side of South Bend, SR 2 ends at an interchange with US 20 and U.S. Route 31 (US 31).[3][5]

History[edit]

SR 2 has been largely replaced by the Indiana Toll Road (Interstate 80/Interstate 90) and by US 20. SR 2 appears to be part of an old alignment from Kankakee, Illinois to South Bend and runs more diagonally than other east–west state highways in Indiana.

In Valparaiso, SR 2 has been rerouted around the downtown and central business districts of the city. Instead of traveling through the city along Washington Street, SR 2 shares portions of the routes of US 30 and the Valparaiso Bypass (SR 49).

Several times in its history, SR 2 has run along the path of the Lincoln Highway.

Old Indiana State Route 2[edit]

Until the completion of the St. Joseph Valley Parkway around the South Bend – Elkhart area, SR 2 continued to downtown South Bend, mostly along Western Avenue (which remains, but no longer has state highway markers). SR 2 originally followed the Lincoln Highway to Fort Wayne before U.S. Route 33 (US 33) supplanted it east of downtown South Bend. Part of SR 2's former routing is now State Road 933 (SR 933).

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Lake West Creek Township 0.00 0.00 IL 17 west – Kankakee Continuation into Illinois
Lowell 3.45 5.55 US 41 south (Wicker Boulevard) – Terre Haute Southern end of US 41 concurrency
6.09 9.80 US 41 north (Wicker Avenue) Northern end of US 41 concurrency
12.13 19.52 SR 55 north (Grant Street) – Crown Point, Gary Western end of SR 55 concurrency
12.63 20.33 SR 55 south (Harrison Street) – Fowler Eastern end of SR 55 concurrency
Eagle Creek Township 14.91 24.00 I-65 – Indianapolis, Gary
Porter Hebron 20.11 32.36 US 231 – Lafayette Southern end of US 231 concurrency
20.25 32.59 SR 8 east Western terminus of SR 8
22.28 35.86 US 231 Northern end of US 231 concurrency
Valparaiso 35.74 57.52 US 30 west – Dyer western end of US 30 concurrency
36.19 58.24 SR 130 west – Hobart Eastern terminus of SR 130
37.87 60.95 US 30 east / SR 49 south – Fort Wayne Eastern end of US 30 concurrency; Southern end of SR 49 concurrency
38.97 62.72 SR 49 north – Porter Northern end of SR 49 concurrency
LaPorte Westville 47.16 75.90 US 6 – Hobart, Bremen
48.07 77.36 US 421 south (North Flynn Street) – Westville, Indianapolis Southern end of US 421 concurrency
49.08 78.99 US 421 north – Michigan City Northern end of US 421 concurrency
La Porte 58.32 93.86 SR 39 south (Longwood Drive) Western end of SR 39 concurrency
59.63 95.97 US 35 / SR 39 north (Pine Lake / Indiana Avenue) Eastern end of SR 39 concurrency.
59.76 96.17 SR 4 east Western terminus of SR 4.
Rolling Prairie 80.76 129.97 US 20 – Michigan City, South Bend SR 2 and US 20 switch alignments.
St. Joseph South Bend 80.97 130.31 US 20 / US 31 (St. Joseph Valley Parkway) – Elkhart, Indianapolis, Niles
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing