Indiana State Road 2

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State Road 2 marker

State Road 2
Route information
Maintained by INDOT
Length: 81.032 mi[2] (130.408 km)
Existed: October 1, 1926[1] – present
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 in Rolling Prairie
East end: US 20 / US 31 in South Bend
Location
Counties: Lake, Porter, LaPorte, St. Joseph
Highway system
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.[3][4]

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).[4][5]

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).[4][6]

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 mi[2] km Destinations Notes
Lake West Creek Township 0.000 0.000 IL 17 west – Kankakee Continuation into Illinois
West Creek Township 3.433 5.525 US 41 south – Terre Haute Southern end of US 41 concurrency
6.055 9.745 US 41 north Northern end of US 41 concurrency
Cedar Creek Township 12.076 19.434 SR 55 north (Grant Street) – Crown Point, Gary Western end of SR 55 concurrency
12.583 20.250 SR 55 south – Fowler Eastern end of SR 55 concurrency
Eagle Creek Township 14.739–
14.889
23.720–
23.962
I-65 – Indianapolis, Gary
Porter Hebron 20.099 32.346 US 231 – Lafayette Southern end of US 231 concurrency
22.124 35.605 SR 8 east Western terminus of SR 8
22.278 35.853 US 231 Northern end of US 231 concurrency
Valparaiso 35.706 57.463 US 30 west – Dyer western end of US 30 concurrency
37.864–
38.276
60.936–
61.599
US 30 east / SR 49 south – Fort Wayne Eastern end of US 30 concurrency; Southern end of SR 49 concurrency
38.997 62.760 SR 49 north – Porter Northern end of SR 49 concurrency
LaPorte Westville 47.206 75.971 US 6 – Hobart, Bremen
48.102 77.413 US 421 south (North Flynn Street) – Westville, Indianapolis Southern end of US 421 concurrency
49.230 79.228 US 421 north – Michigan City Northern end of US 421 concurrency
La Porte 58.312 93.844 SR 39 south (Longwood Drive) Western end of SR 39 concurrency
59.645 95.989 US 35 / SR 39 north (Pine Lake / Indiana Avenue) Eastern end of SR 39 concurrency
59.765 96.182 SR 4 east Western terminus of SR 4
Rolling Prairie 67.976 109.397 US 20 – Michigan City, South Bend SR 2 and US 20 switch alignments
St. Joseph South Bend 80.559–
81.032
129.647–
130.408
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]

  1. ^ "Road Numbers to Be Changed". The Hancock-Democrat. The Indianapolis News. September 30, 1926. Retrieved June 9, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ a b Indiana Department of Transportation (July 2016). Reference Post Book (PDF). Indianapolis: Indiana Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 11, 2017. 
  3. ^  Template:Yahoo maps is deprecated.›Yahoo!; Navteq (2010-12-27). "overview map of SR 2 from Illinois to Valparaiso" (Map). Yahoo! Maps. Yahoo!. Retrieved 2010-12-27. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b c Indiana Transportation Map (PDF) (Map). Indiana Department of Transportation. 2011–2012. § C3-A6. 
  5. ^  Template:Yahoo maps is deprecated.›Yahoo!; Navteq (2010-12-27). "overview map of SR 2 from Valparaiso to LaPorte" (Map). Yahoo! Maps. Yahoo!. Retrieved 2010-12-27. [dead link]
  6. ^  Template:Yahoo maps is deprecated.›Yahoo!; Navteq (2010-12-27). "overview map of SR 2 from LaPorte to South Bend" (Map). Yahoo! Maps. Yahoo!. Retrieved 2010-12-27. [dead link]

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