U.S. Route 30 in Indiana

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U.S. Route 30 marker

U.S. Route 30
Lincoln Highway
Route information
Maintained by INDOT
Length: 155.96 mi[3] (250.99 km)
Existed: November 11, 1926[1][2] – present
Major junctions
West end: US 30 at Illinois state line
 

US 41 in Schererville
I-65 in Merrillville
US 421 in Wanatah
US 31 in Plymouth
US 33 near Fort Wayne
I-69 in Fort Wayne
US 27 / SR 3 in Fort Wayne

I-469 near New Haven
East end: US 30 at Ohio state line
Highway system
  • Indiana State Roads
SR 29 US 31

U.S. Route 30 (US 30) is a road in the United States Numbered Highway System that runs from Astoria, Oregon to Atlantic City, New Jersey. In Indiana, the route runs from the Illinois state line at Dyer to the Ohio state line east of Fort Wayne and New Haven. The 155.96 miles (250.99 km) of US 30 that lie within Indiana serve as a major conduit, and all of the highway is listed on the National Highway System. Various sections are rural four-lane highway and urbanized four-lane divided expressway. First designated as a US Highway in 1926, US 30 replaced the original State Road 2 (SR 2) and SR 44 designation of the highway which dated back to the formation of the Indiana State Road system. A section of the highway originally served as part of the Lincoln Highway. Realignments and construction projects have expanded the highway to four lanes across the state.

Route description[edit]

US 30 enters Dyer from Lynwood, Illinois along the original alignment of the Lincoln Highway, as a four-lane divided highway. At Moeller Street, the roadway becomes a four-lane highway with a center turn lane before reaching an at-grade intersection with CSX railroad tracks. Thereafter, the road returns to four-lane divided highway before a traffic light at US 41 in Schererville and passing under Norfolk Southern railroad tracks. After US 41, the original alignment of the Lincoln Highway leaves US 30 and continues along the same route as old State Road 330 (SR 330). US 30 begins to curve towards the southeast, still as a four-lane divided highway. The highway has a traffic light at SR 55, heading east as the roadway enters Merrillville, where the route becomes a six-lane divided highway and has an interchange at Interstate 65 (I–65). At Colorado Street in Merrillville, the road narrows back to a four-lane divided highway.[4][5][6]

US Route 30 in Indiana.

After a traffic light at the southern terminus of SR 51 in Hobart, the original alignment of the Lincoln Highway rejoins US 30. The highway passes through a mix of farmland and residential properties on the way to Valparaiso, entering the city and passing through commercial properties. The highway has a traffic light at SR 2 at the western end of the concurrency of the two roads. From there, the road crosses railroad tracks, passes south of Valparaiso University, and has a traffic light at the eastern terminus of SR 130. After passing the traffic light at SR 130, the road has a full interchange with SR 49 and the eastern terminus of the SR 2 and US 30 concurrency. Continuing east, the road passes the Porter County Municipal Airport and proceeds east-southeast from Valparaiso, towards Plymouth. Along this segment, US 30 passes through rural farmland, with an intersection at US 421 and an at-grade railroad crossing with the Chesapeake and Indiana Railroad. East of the railroad tracks is an intersection with SR 39 and an interchange at US 35.[4][5][6]

US 30 runs along the northside of Plymouth, passing through an interchange with the northern terminus of SR 17 and near the Plymouth Municipal Municipal Airport. The route curves around the northeast side of the city, having an interchange with US 31 and heading southeast towards Warsaw. At Bourbon, the highway has an interchange with SR 331. The road curves east before entering Warsaw and has an interchange with SR 15, south of the Warsaw Municipal Airport. After passing the airport, the road enters a mix of commercial and residential properties and has a traffic light at an old alignment of the Lincoln Highway, before passing north of Winona Lake and heading towards Columbia City. At Columbia City, the road turns southeast and has traffic lights at SR 109, SR 9, and SR 205. After SR 205, US 30 heads east towards Fort Wayne, paralleling the Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad. The route crosses into Allen County at a traffic light at County Line Road.[4][5][6]

U.S. Route 30 west of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The highway enters Fort Wayne with a traffic light at Kroemer Road and a trumpet interchange with US 33, at the western terminus of US 33's concurrency with US 30, and proceeds east-southeast towards an interchange with I-69 as a six-lane divided highway. At the diamond interchange with I–69, US 33 runs south on I–69, while US 30 continues north onto the interstate, concurrent with both I-69 and US 24; the road itself continues east as SR 930 and as Goshen Road. US 30's concurrency with I–69 is a six-lane urban interstate with interchanges at Lima Road (US 27 and SR 3) and Coldwater Road (formerly SR 327 and US 27). At the interchange of I-69 and I–469, US 30 heads east concurrent with I–469 around the north and east sides of Fort Wayne, towards New Haven. The highway is a four-lane interstate passing through a mix of farmland and residential properties. Proceeding east, the interstate crosses the St. Joseph River and has an interchange at Maplecrest Road before turning south around the northeast side of Fort Wayne to subsequent interchanges with SR 37 followed by US 24. After the US 24 interchange, the highway crosses the Maumee River and Norfolk Southern railroad tracks before leaving I–469 east of downtown New Haven at the eastern terminus of SR 930. After I–469, US 30 heads southeast away from New Haven, passing through rural farmland as a four-lane divided highway. The route has an intersection at SR 101 before entering Ohio, heading toward Van Wert.[4][5][6]

The entire length of U.S. Route 30 in Indiana is included in the National Highway System (NHS),[7] a network of highways that are identified as being most important for the economy, mobility and defense of the United States.[8] The highway is maintained by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), similar to all other U.S. Highways 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), calculated along a segment of roadway for any average day of the year. In 2010, INDOT figured that lowest traffic levels were 10,870 vehicles and 4,750 commercial vehicles used the highway daily between US 31 and SR 331. The peak traffic volumes were 69,280 vehicles and 12,660 commercial vehicles AADT along the section of US 30 at is concurrent with I–69, between the Lima Road and Coldwater Road exits in Fort Wayne.[9]

History[edit]

Lincoln Highway shield.

The Lincoln Highway was planned in 1913 to run west to east across Indiana, including to South Bend and Fort Wayne. In 1915, the highway open and passed through downtown Fort Wayne on its route through Indiana,[10] and was assigned the designation of Main Market route number 2 in 1917.[11][12] Further designations saw the route become SR 2 from Illinois state line to Valparaiso, SR 44 Valparaiso to Fort Wayne and SR 2 from Fort Wayne to the Ohio state line. In the early 1920s, the Lincoln Highway was moved farther south between Valparaiso and Fort Wayne, to what is now known mostly as Old US 30, passing through Plymouth and Warsaw.[13] A section of US 30 in Dyer known as the "ideal section" of the Lincoln Highway was opened in 1923 and rebuilt in the 1990s.[14][15] In 1924, the sections of the road that were part of the original Lincoln Highway was paved,[16][17] followed by the paving of the rest of US 30, which was commissioned in 1926.[15][18][19] In 1927, a small realignment between Hanna and SR 29 (current US 35) took place.[19][20] During the 1950s, US 30 in Fort Wayne was rerouted to Coliseum Boulevard, constructed as a "circumurban" highway to bypass Fort Wayne. In 1998, US 30 in Fort Wayne was again rerouted onto I–69 and I–469, bypassing most of Fort Wayne and New Haven on the north and east side of the two towns. The Coliseum Boulevard routing was assigned the SR 930 designation as a result, when INDOT could not give the route over to local control.[21]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[3] km Exit[3] Destinations Notes
Lake Dyer 0.00 0.00 US 30 west – Joliet Illinois state line
Schererville 2.85 4.59 US 41 (South Indianapolis Boulevard) – St. John, Hammond
Merrillville 8.58 13.81 SR 55 (Taft Street) – Crown Point, Gary
10.10 16.25 SR 53 (Broadway) – Merrillville, Gary
10.70 17.22 I-65 – Gary, Indianapolis, Chicago Exit 253 on I-65
Hobart 14.12 22.72 SR 51 north – Hobart Southern terminus of SR 51
Porter Valparaiso 24.32 39.14 SR 2 west – Hebron Western end of SR 2 concurrency
25.80 41.52 SR 130 west – Valparaiso Eastern terminus of SR 130
26.45 42.57 SR 2 east / SR 49 – Westville, Kouts, Chesterton Eastern end of SR 2 concurrency
LaPorte Wanatah 33.74 54.30 US 421 – Michigan City, Indianapolis
Hanna 42.25 67.99 SR 39 – North Judson, La Porte
Starke Davis Township 48.36 77.83 US 35 – Knox, La Porte
Grovertown 54.59 87.85 SR 23 – South Bend
Marshall Plymouth 64.91 104.46 SR 17 south – Plymouth Northern terminus of SR 17
66.78–
67.30
107.47–
108.31
US 31 – South Bend, Indianapolis
Bourbon 75.53–
76.01
121.55–
122.33
SR 331 – Bourbon, Mishawaka
Kosciusko Etna Green 80.06 128.84 SR 19 – Elkhart, Peru
Warsaw 90.40 145.48 SR 15 – Warsaw, Goshen
Pierceton 99.57 160.24 SR 13 – North Manchester, Syracuse
Whitley South Whitley 104.04 167.44 SR 5 (Center Street) – South Whitley, Ligonier
Columbia City 111.20 178.96 SR 109 north (Line Street) – Wolflake
111.49 179.43 SR 9 – Columbia City, Albion
112.80 181.53 SR 205 – South Whitley, Churubusco
Allen Fort Wayne 127.51 205.21 US 33 north / Goshen Road – Goshen, Elkhart Western end of US 33 concurrency
128.90 207.44 309 I-69 south / US 24 west / US 33 south / SR 930 east / Goshen Road – Fort Wayne, New Haven Southern end of I-69 concurrency; western end of US 24 concurrency; eastern end of US 33 concurrency; western end of SR 930
129.90 209.05 311 US 27 south / SR 3 north / Lima Road – Fort Wayne, Kendallville Northern terminus of US 27; southern terminus of SR 3
131.20 211.15 312 Coldwater Road Serves IPFW, Ivy Tech, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, and Glenbrook Square
133.88 215.46 315
31
I-69 north / I-469 south Northern end of I-69 concurrency; western end of I-469 concurrency; exit 115 on I-69 and exit 31 on I-469
142.10 228.69 25 SR 37 north / Maysville Road - Hicksville Southern terminus of SR 37
New Haven 146.20 235.29 21 US 24 east - Antwerp, Defiance, Toledo Eastern end of US 24 concurrency
147.60 237.54 19 I-469 south / SR 930 – New Haven, Fort Wayne Southern end of I-469 concurrency; eastern terminus of SR 930
Monroeville 152.65 245.67 SR 101 (Townley Road) – Monroeville, Woodburn
Monroe Township 155.96 250.99 US 30 east – Van Wert, Upper Sandusky, Mansfield Ohio state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weingroff, Richard F. (January 9, 2009). "From Names to Numbers: The Origins of the US Numbered Highway System". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved August 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ Bureau of Public Roads (1926) (PDF). United States System of Highways (Map). http://www.okladot.state.ok.us/hqdiv/p-r-div/maps/misc-maps/1926us.pdf. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "INDOT Roadway Referencing System" (PDF). staff. 
  4. ^ a b c d Google Inc. "Overview of US 30 in Indiana". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Joliet+St&daddr=U.S.+30+E&hl=en&ll=40.95916,-86.154785&spn=2.439162,4.581299&sll=40.997994,-84.803494&sspn=0.00119,0.002237&geocode=FTAoeQId8XjI-g%3BFcCUcQIdVADy-g&mra=me&mrsp=1,0&sz=19&t=h&z=8. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d Indiana Deportment of Transportation (2011-12) (PDF). Indiana Transportation Map (Map). Cartography by INDOT. Section A3-A5. http://www.in.gov/indot/files/StateTransportationMap.pdf. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d Indiana Department of Transportation (August 23, 2011) (PDF). Indiana Railroad Map (Map). Cartography by INDOT. http://www.in.gov/indot/files/MAIN-RR-11_V1.pdf. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  7. ^ Federal Highway Administration (December 2003) (PDF). National Highway System: Indiana (Map). http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/nhs/maps/in/in_Indiana.pdf. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  8. ^ "National Highway System". Federal Highway Administration. August 26, 2010. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  9. ^ "INDOT Traffic Zones". Indiana Department of Transportation. 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  10. ^ Leininger, Kevin (May 5, 2009). "Road 's hidden past could be route to future - Lincoln Highway". The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne). p. 1A. OCLC 8807796. 
  11. ^ "1917 Indiana State Highway Map and State Highway Commission". Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  12. ^ Indiana State Highway Commission (June 1, 1917). Indiana Main Market Highway Map (Map). Cartography by ISHC. http://bl-libg-doghill.ads.iu.edu/gm-web/imdb/inhwy1917.jpg.
  13. ^ Zorn, Tim (October 19, 2001). "You don't have to look hard, old route through Northwest Indiana still exists". Post-Tribune (Gary). p. LH4. OCLC 2266386. Retrieved August 23, 2012. 
  14. ^ Renderman, Vanessa; Wieland, Phil (October 3, 2010). "U.S . 30: The region's road". The Times (Munster). OCLC 42819936. 
  15. ^ a b Weingroff, Richard (April 7, 2011). "The Lincoln Highway". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  16. ^ Indiana State Highway Commission (September 30, 1923). Indiana Transportation Map of 1923 (Map). Cartography by ISHC. http://indiamond6.ulib.iupui.edu/u?/HIM,286.
  17. ^ Indiana State Highway Commission (September 30, 1924) (PDF). Indiana Transportation Map of 1924 (Map). Cartography by ISHC. http://bl-libg-doghill.ads.iu.edu/gm-web/imdb/inhwy1924.pdf.
  18. ^ Indiana State Highway Commission (September 30, 1925). Indiana Transportation Map of 1925 (Map). Cartography by ISHC.
  19. ^ a b Indiana State Highway Commission (September 30, 1926). Indiana Transportation Map of 1926 (Map). Cartography by ISHC.
  20. ^ Indiana State Highway Commission (September 30, 1927) (PDF). Indiana Transportation Map of 1927 (Map). Cartography by ISHC. http://bl-libg-doghill.ads.iu.edu/gm-web/imdb/inhwy1927.pdf.
  21. ^ Leininger, Kevin (September 8, 2009). "We need solution for Indiana 930". OCLC 8807796. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 


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