Indiana State Road 56

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State Road 56 marker

State Road 56
Route information
Maintained by INDOT
Length: 193.43 mi[1] (311.30 km)
Major junctions
West end: US 41 at Hazleton
 

I-69 Petersburg
US 231 in Jasper
US 150 near Paoli
I-65 in Scottsburg
US 31 in Scottsburg

US 421 in Madison
East end: US 50 / SR 350 at Aurora
Location
Counties: Dearborn, Dubois, Gibson, Jefferson, Ohio, Orange, Pike, Scott, Switzerland, Washington
Highway system
  • Indiana State Roads
SR 55 SR 57

State Road 56 in the U.S. state of Indiana is a route that travels the south central part of the state from west to east.

Route description[edit]

Signs for SR 56/US 150 in Paoli, seen from SR 37.

The western terminus of SR 56 is near Hazleton at U.S. Route 41. SR 56 heads northeast to Hazleton. After Hazleton SR 56 turns southeast then back northeast, until State Road 65 (SR 65). Where SR 56 heads east towards Petersburg, in Petersburg SR 56 is Concurrenct with State Road 57 (SR 57), until the intersection with State Road 61 (SR 61). SR 56 leaves Petersburg concurrent with SR 61 heading south, until SR 56 turns east. South of Otwell SR 56 has an intersection with State Road 257. SR 56 enters Jasper on the west side and then has an intersection with U.S. Route 231, the two routes are concurrent until they leave Jasper on the north side of town. North of Jasper SR 56 turns east towards Paoli passing through French Lick. East of Paoli SR 56 heads towards Salem passing through an intersection with State Road 337. SR 56 and State Road 60 have a concurrency from the west side of Salem to downtown Salem. SR 56 leaves Salem heading northeast, then turning east near the southern terminus of State Road 39 (SR 39). After SR 39, SR 56 passing over Interstate 65 (I-65). Then SR 56 enters Scottsburg where SR 56 has an intersection with U.S. Route 31. After leaving Scottsburg, SR 56 has a concurrency with State Road 203 and State Road 3. Then SR 56 heads toward Hanover where SR 56 and State Road 62 (SR 62) has a concurrency. East of Hanover SR 62 turns north and SR 56 heads east. East of the intersection with SR 62, SR 56 has an intersection with State Road 256 (SR 256). Then SR 56 enters Madison where SR 56 has an intersection with the southern terminus of State Road 7 and a concurrency with U.S. Route 421. East of Madison SR 56 parallels the Ohio River. Then in Vevay SR 56 has an intersection with the southern terminus of State Road 129 and the western terminus of State Road 156 (SR 156). After Vevay SR 56 heads north-northeast toward Aurora passing through intersection with State Road 250, SR 156, and State Road 262, passing through the town of Rising Sun. The northern terminus SR 56 is at an intersection with U.S. Route 50 and State Road 350.[2]

History[edit]

In the western part of Indiana SR 56 originally followed the same routing at current State Road 64 takes. In 1930 the east terminus of SR 56 was Lawrenceburg at U.S. Route 52, this route is now part of State Road 1.[3]

East of US 231 in northeastern Dubois County, SR 56 approximates part of the course of the Buffalo Trace (road), a migration route for buffalo that provided a major avenue for travel by Native Americans and Europeans in what is now southern Indiana.[4][5]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Pike Hazleton 0.00 0.00 US 41 – Evansville, Vincennes Western terminus of SR 56
Clay Township 12.11 19.49 SR 65 south – Princeton Northern terminus of SR 65
Petersburg 18.78 30.22 SR 57 south – Evansville Western end of SR 57 concurrency
19.20 30.90 SR 57 north / SR 61 north – Vincennes, Washington Eastern end of SR 57 concurrency; northern end of SR 61 concurrency
I-69 – Evansville, Washington
Washington Township 23.73 38.19 SR 61 south – Boonville Southern end of SR 61 concurrency
Jefferson Township 32.14 51.72 SR 257 – Velpen, Otwell, Washington
Dubois Jasper 41.23 66.35 US 231 south – Dale, Huntingburg Southern end of US 231 concurrency
SR 164 east to SR 162 – Ferdinand Western terminus of SR 164
Harbison Township 48.46 77.99 US 231 north – Loogootee Northern end of US 231 concurrency
54.36 87.48 SR 545 south – Dubois Northern terminus of SR 545
Orange French Lick 66.92 107.70 SR 145 south Northern terminus of SR 145
West Baden Springs 68.80 110.72 US 150 west – Loogootee Western end of US 150 concurrency
Paoli SR 37 south – Tell City Western end of SR 37 concurrency
SR 37 north – Orleans, Bedford Eastern end of SR 37 concurrency
77.80 125.21 US 150 east – Fredericksburg Eastern end of US 150 concurrency
Washington Livonia 87.84 141.36 SR 337 north – Orleans Southern terminus of SR 337
Salem 97.58 157.04 SR 60 west – Mitchell Western terminus of SR 60 concurrency
99.04 159.39 SR 60 east / SR 135 – Sellersburg, Corydon, Brownstown Eastern terminus of SR 60 concurrency
Gibson Township 111.95 180.17 SR 39 north – Little York Southern terminus of SR 39
Scott Scottsburg 117.47 189.05 I-65 – Indianapolis, Louisville Exit 29 on I-65
118.00 189.90 US 31 – Jeffersonville, Columbus
Lexington Township 121.70 195.86 SR 203 north Western terminus of SR 203 concurrency
122.68 197.43 SR 3 south – Charlestown Western terminus of SR 3 concurrency
124.40 200.20 SR 203 south – Lexington Eastern end of SR 203 concurrency
125.70 202.29 SR 3 north – Vernon Eastern end of SR 3 concurrency
Jefferson Hanover Township 132.75 213.64 SR 62 west – New Washington, Jeffersonville Western end of SR 62 concurrency
Hanover 137.81 221.78 SR 62 east – Dillsboro Eastern end of SR 62 concurrency
137.99 222.07 SR 256 west – Austin Eastern terminus of SR 256
Madison 141.02 226.95 SR 7 north – Vernon Southern terminus of SR 7
141.90 228.37 US 421 north – Versailles Western end of US 421 concurrency
142.18 228.82 US 421 south - Frankfort Eastern end of US 421 concurrency
Switzerland Vevay 160.37 258.09 SR 129 north – Versailles Southern terminus of SR 129
SR 156 east – Florence Western terminus of SR 156
Cotton Township 173.22 278.77 SR 250
Ohio Randolph Township 182.18 293.19 SR 156 west – Florence Eastern terminus of SR 156
Rising Sun 184.78 297.37 SR 262 west – Dillsboro Eastern terminus of SR 262
Dearborn Aurora 193.43 311.30 US 50 / SR 350 west – Dillsboro, Milan, Lawrenceburg Eastern terminus of SR 56
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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