U.S. Route 24 in Indiana

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U.S. Route 24 marker

U.S. Route 24

US 24 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by INDOT
Length: 164.3 mi[1] (264.4 km)
Major junctions
West end: US 24 / US 52 at Illinois state line
  US 41 / US 52 in Kentland
I-65 near Remington
US 421 in Monticello
US 35 near Logansport
US 31 near Peru
I-69 / US 33 near Fort Wayne
US 27 / US 33 near Fort Wayne
US 30 in New Haven
I-469 / US 30 in New Haven
East end: US 24 at Ohio state line
Location
Counties: Newton, Jasper, White, Cass, Miami, Wabash, Huntington, Whitley, Allen
Highway system
  • Indiana State Roads
SR 23 SR 25

U.S. Route 24 (US 24) In Indiana, US 24 runs east from the Illinois state line to Huntington. At Huntington, US 24 turns northeast and runs to Fort Wayne; it then overlaps Interstate 69 (I-69) and Interstate 469 (I-469) to bypass the city before entering Ohio at the state line east of Fort Wayne. The segment of US 24 between Logansport and Toledo, Ohio is part of the Hoosier Heartland Industrial Corridor project of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act.

Route description[edit]

Illinois to Logansport[edit]

This western section of US 24 is mostly, rural two-lane. US 24 enters Indiana from Illinois concurrenct with U.S. Route 52 (US 52). US 24 and US 52 heads east towards Kentland, passing through an intersection with State Road 71 (SR 71). In Kentland US 24 and US 52 have an intersection with U.S. Route 41 (US 41) where US 52 turns south. US 24 heads east from Kentland towards Remington, passing through a concurrency with State Road 55. Then in Remington US 24 starts a concurrency with U.S. Route 231. US 24 and US 231 heads east towards Wolcott, passing through an interchange with Interstate 65 (I-65). In Wolcott US 231 heads south and US 24 heads east towards Reynolds. In Reynolds US 24 has an intersection with State Road 43 (SR 43) and starts a concurrency with U.S. Route 421 (US 421). US 24 and US 421 heads east towards Monticello. In Monticello US 421 head south with State Road 39 (SR 39), US 24 now has a concurrency with SR 39. US 24 and SR 39 heads east from Monticello, east of Monticello SR 39 heads north. US 24 heads east towards Logansport, passing through Idaville, Burnettsville, and Lake Cicott.[2]

Logansport to Fort Wayne[edit]

This section is a four-lane rural divied highway. US 24 and U.S. Route 35 (US 35) have a concurrency around Logansport and have an interchange with State Road 25 (SR 25) and an intersection with State Road 29 (SR 29). East of Logansport US 35 heads southeast towards Kokomo. US 24 heads east towards Peru passing through an interchange with U.S. Route 31 (US 31). On the north side of Peru US 24 has an intersection with State Road 19 (SR 19). From Peru US 24 heads east towards Wabash passing through an intersection with State Road 115 (SR 115). In Wabash US 24 has intersections with State Road 15 (SR 15) and State Road 13 (SR 13). US 24 then heads towards Huntington passing through an intersection with State Road 524 (SR 524) and a short concurrency with State Road 105 (SR 105). On the west side of Huntington US 24 begains a concurrency with State Road 9 (SR 9). US 24 and SR 9 pass through an intersection with U.S. Route 224 (US 224)/State Road 5 (SR 5). North of Huntington SR 9 heads north and US 24 heads northeast towards Fort Wayne. On the way to Fort Wayne US 24 passes through an intersection with State Road 114 (SR 114). Then on the west side of Fort Wayne US 24 enters onto northbound Interstate 69 (I-69).[3]

Fort Wayne to Ohio[edit]

Exit sign for US 24 on southbound I-469 in New Haven

This section of US 24 has some interstate sections, rural two-lane highway, and rural four-lane divided highways. US 24 enters I-69 heading north at exit 302 (formerly exit 102). US 24 then leaves I-69 at exit 315 (formerly exit 115. US 24 heads east on Interstate 469 (I-469). US 24 is concurrent with I-469 until the east side of New Haven, passing through interchanges with Maplecrest Read and SR 37. US 24 exits I-469 at exit 21 and heads northeast toward Ohio, on a four-lane rural expressway. The highway has an interchange Webster Road, in rural Allen County. After the interchange at Woodburn Road is an interchange with SR 101, in Woodburn. After the interchange with SR 101, US 24 enters Ohio.[4]

History[edit]

Logansport to Fort Wayne[edit]

In Logansport US 24 went through Logansport. The first route of US 24 was two-lane undived rural highway north of the new four-lane highway from Logansport to Peru and south of the four-lane highway from Peru to Huntington. From Huntington to Fort Wayne the four-lane highway was built over the two-lane highway.

Fort Wayne to New Haven[edit]

Before US 24 was rerouted onto I-69 and I-469, US 24 went through Fort Wayne. US 24 went through downtown on one-way streets. Then east of Fort Wayne US 24 has an interchange with US 30 and then a concurrency with US 30, now known as SR 930. Then US 24 headed downtown New Haven, with US 30 bypassing downtown New Haven. Then US 24 headed north out of downtown New Haven and then turned east.

Fort to Port[edit]

Fort to Port was first brought up in a meeting by Indiana State Representative Mitch Harper, in 1989. The project went from New Haven, Indiana to Toledo, Ohio. It was at this meeting the project name 'Fort to Port' was born. The most complex and expensive portion of the Indiana segment is reconstructing the parclo interchange with Interstate 469 in New Haven.

In November 2007, Indiana announced they would change their segment as an expressway with at-grade intersections at Bruick Road, Webster Road, and SR 101, instead of a freeway section with interchanges and overpasses. The only overpasses would be two narrow (12' wide) overpasses for non-motorized traffic (Amish buggies) to cross US 24. Also, the interchange of I-469 and US 24 would remain as-is with traffic signals at the US 24 ramp terminals. The cost savings without interchanges would be approximately $75–$80 million. Right of way would be purchased for future interchanges. This change has been unpopular due to safety concerns with the heavy truck traffic on the corridor. INDOT claims that the current traffic on US 24 does not justify interchanges, even though the 2005 Final EIS states that it does.

(December 2008) Completed section of US-24 Fort-to-Port Freeway in eastern Indiana. This segment opened to traffic on October 29, 2009.

Responding to widespread public outcry over the scaled-back design, Governor Mitch Daniels announced on December 12, 2007, that US 24 would have been built as a freeway initially from Bruick Road to the Ohio state line, with interchanges at SR 101 and Webster Road.[5] The entire 13.5-mile (21.7 km) segment is slated for completion in 2012. The intersection with Bruick Road was to have initially been an at-grade crossing, but INDOT announced in August 2009 that a grade-separated interchange will be built here as well.[6] As a result, Indiana's portion of US 24 will be built as an Interstate-quality freeway, except for the at-grade interchange with I-469. INDOT plans to eventually upgrade the I-469/US 24 interchange by adding flyover ramps to allow high-speed movements between the two highways, as was originally intended in the Fort-to-Port Final Environmental Impact Statement published in 2005. Depending on funding, this work may begin in 2013.

Upon completion, ownership of the existing US 24 will be transferred to Allen County, and become a frontage road east of Bruick Road, providing access to the B.F. Goodrich tire plant and adjacent homes and farmland. Indiana is financing construction through the Major Moves program, and will be reimbursed when federal highway funds become available. Sections of the two-lane road that have been bypassed by the freeway are now locally signed as "Old US 24."

Governor Daniels and INDOT held the groundbreaking ceremony for the Indiana section on April 30, 2008. By December 2008, crews had completed construction on 2 miles (3.2 km) of the freeway from the Ohio state line to just east of the SR 101 interchange. On October 29, 2009, Governor Daniels and Ohio Governor Ted Strickland held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Indiana/Ohio state line opening the new US 24 highway from SR 101 near Woodburn, Indiana to Ohio State Route 424 near Defiance, Ohio. The project was complete and the final segment open on November 14, 2012.[7]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Newton Jefferson Township 0.00 0.00 US 24 west / US 52 west – Sheldon Illinois state line
1.81 2.91 SR 71 south – Raub Northern terminus of SR 71
Kentland 4.62 7.44 US 41 / US 52 east – Terre Haute, Lafayette, Hammond Eastern end of US 52 concurrency
Goodland 10.55 16.98 SR 55 south – Fowler Western end of SR 55 concurrency
11.09 17.85 SR 55 north – Crown Point Eastern end of SR 55 concurrecny
Jasper Remington 19.53 31.43 US 231 north – Rensselaer Western end of US 231 concurrency
21.31 34.30 I-65 – Indianapolis, Gary, Chicago
White Wolcott 26.39 42.47 US 231 south – Lafayette Eastern end of US 231 concurrency
Reynolds 35.06 56.42 US 421 north / SR 43 south – Michigan City, Lafayette Western end of US 421 concurrency; northern terminus of SR 43
Monticello 40.94 65.89 US 421 south / SR 39 south – Delphi, Frankfort, Indianapolis Eastern end of US 421 concurrency; eastern end of SR 39 concurrency
Union Township 42.22 67.95 SR 39 north Eastern end of SR 39 concurrency
Cass Logansport 60.73 97.74 US 35 north – La Porte, Michigan City Western end of US 35 concurrency
62.01 99.80 62 SR 25 – Lafayette, Delphi, Logansport, Rochester
62.29 100.25 SR 29 south – Indianapolis northern terminus of SR 29
66.24 106.60 US 35 south – Kokomo Eastern end of US 35 concurrency
Miami Peru Township 76.14 122.54 77 US 31 – Indianapolis, Kokomo, Plymouth, South Bend
Peru 81.23 130.73 SR 19 – Converse, Akron
Wabash Noble Township 92.01 148.08 SR 115 north Southern terminus of SR 115
Wabash 94.00 151.28 SR 15 – Marion, Wabash, Warsaw
96.44 155.21 SR 13 – Noblesville, Wabash, North Manchester
Lagro 98.53 158.57 SR 524 south – Lagro Western terminus of SR 524
Huntington Dallas Township 106.46 171.33 SR 105 north – South Whitley Western end of SR 105 concurrency
Andrews 107.66 173.26 SR 105 south – Banquo Eastern end of SR 105 concurrency
Huntington 111.58 179.57 SR 9 south – Marion, Anderson Southern end of SR 9 concurrency
113.41 182.52 US 224 east / SR 5 – Huntington, Decatur, Warren Western terminus of US 224
115.13 185.28 10 SR 9 south – Columbia City Northern end of SR 9 concurrency
Huntington
Whitley
Jackson Township
Jefferson Township
126.76 204.00 SR 114 west – North Manchester Eastern terminus of SR 114
Allen Fort Wayne 132.29 212.90 302 I-69 south / US 33 south Southern terminus of I–69 and US 33 concurrences
305 SR 14 west / Illinois Road – South Whitley Eastern terminus of SR 14
309 US 30 east / US 33 north / SR 930 / Goshen Road – Fort Wayne, Columbia City, Elkhart Northern end of US 33 concurrency; western end of US 30 concurrency
311 US 27 north / SR 3 / Lima Road – Fort Wayne, Kendallville Northern terminus of US 27; southern terminus of the northern segment of SR 3
312 Coldwater Road
315
31
I-69 north / I-469 south Northern end of I-69 concurrency; western end of I-469 concurrency; exit 315 on I-69 and exit 31 on I-469
25 SR 37 north / Maysville Road - Hicksville Southern terminus of the northern segment of SR 37
New Haven I-469 south / US 30 east – New Haven, Fort Wayne Southern end of I–469 concurrency; eastern end of US 30 concurrency
Maumee Township SR 101 – Woodburn, Butler Interchange
US 24 east – Defiance, Napoleon, Toledo Ohio state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "INDOT Roadway Referencing System" (PDF). Indiana Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2011-04-18. 
  2. ^ Google Inc. "overview map of the western segment of US 24". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=US-24+E%2FU.S.+52+E&daddr=40.7503701,-86.953035+to:W+Market+St&geocode=FXkbbgIdEnbI-g%3BFSLNbQIdtTPR-inRloaXcFISiDHZv6v2m6ypBw%3BFTzlbQId3qfZ-g&hl=en&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=17&sll=40.756157,-86.401398&sspn=0.003682,0.014613&ie=UTF8&ll=40.833554,-86.726074&spn=0.470685,1.870422&z=10&via=1. Retrieved 2011-04-22.
  3. ^ Google Inc. "overview map of the middle segment of US 24". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=US-24+E&daddr=W+Jefferson+Blvd&geocode=FULlbQIda5nZ-g%3BFUYfcgIdZiPr-g&hl=en&mra=mift&mrsp=0&sz=17&sll=40.756636,-86.398534&sspn=0.003682,0.010525&ie=UTF8&ll=40.93634,-85.812836&spn=0.469955,1.870422&z=10. Retrieved 2011-04-22.
  4. ^ Google Inc. "overview map of the eastern segment of US 24". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=W+Jefferson+Blvd&daddr=41.1088482,-84.9958738+to:US-24+E&hl=en&ll=41.08608,-85.127563&spn=0.321391,0.617294&sll=41.052949,-84.990234&sspn=0.321553,0.617294&geocode=FSMccgIdqxzr-g%3BFXBFcwId3xDv-im1S3dywv4ViDECleiS_bf_XA%3BFSDzcwIdHf_x-g&t=h&mra=dvme&mrsp=1&sz=11&via=1&z=11. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
  5. ^ "Interchanges to be built on Fort to Port project" (Press release). December 12, 2007. 
  6. ^ U.S. 24 Proposed Pedestrian Bridge Upgraded to Interchange and Design Work Pending for S.R. 14 Adjacent to Inverness Pond, INDOT Press Release, August 7, 2009
  7. ^ Vivian Sade (November 15, 2012). "Fort to Port finally open for business". The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne). OCLC 7368210. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing