Indiana State Road 3

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State Road 3 marker

State Road 3
Route information
Maintained by INDOT
Length: 225.148 mi[2] (362.341 km)
Existed: October 1, 1926[1] – present
Southern segment
Length: 180.352 mi (290.248 km)
South end: SR 62 in Charlestown
Major
junctions:

US 50 in North Vernon
I-74 in Greensburg

US 52 in Rushville
I-70 near Spiceland
US 36 in Mount Summit
US 35 in Muncie
North end: US 224 in Markle
Northern segment
Lima Road
Length: 44.796 mi (72.092 km)
South end: I-69 / US 24 / US 27 / US 30 in Fort Wayne
Major
junctions:
US 6 in Kendallville
US 20
North end: SR 120 near Brighton
Location
Counties: Clark, Scott, Jennings, Decatur, Rush, Henry, Delaware, Blackford, Wells, Huntington, Allen, DeKalb, Noble, LaGrange
Highway system
SR 2 SR 4

State Road 3 (SR 3) in the U.S. State of Indiana is a discontinuous state highway running through eastern Indiana from near the Ohio River to near the Michigan state line. The southernmost terminus is at State Road 62 in Charlestown, and the northernmost terminus is at State Road 120 near Brighton.

The route was continuous until 1972, when the route was split into two segments that exist today.

Route description[edit]

Southern section[edit]

SR 3 begins just south of Charlestown at SR 62 and heads north toward downtown Charlestown. When in downtown Charlestown SR 3 has an intersection with State Road 403 (SR 403). SR 3 heads north out of Charlestown. Then 17.17 miles (27.63 km) north of SR 403 there is a wrong-way concurrency with State Road 203 (SR 203) for 1.85 miles (2.98 km), meaning southbound SR 203 and northbound SR 3 are going the same direction. After SR 203, SR 3 heads north toward Vernon and then North Vernon. In North Vernon SR 3 has an intersection with U.S. Route 50 (US 50). After North Vernon SR 3 heads mainly due north for 22.52 miles (36.24 km) until State Road 46 (SR 46) just west of Greensburg. SR 3 joins SR 46 on a four-lane divided highway and then enters Greensburg from the southwest. After entering Greensburg SR 46 leaves SR 3 at Main Street. In downtown Greensburg SR 3 has an intersection with U.S. Route 421 (US 421).[3]

View of the north end of the southern section of State Road 3 at Markle

After US 421, SR 3 leaves Greensburg heading northeast, then just north. SR 3 has an interchange with Interstate 74 (I-74), 1.53 miles (2.46 km) from US 421. After I-74, SR 3 becomes a two-lane undivided highway. SR 3 has a concurrency with U.S. Route 52 (US 52) that lasts for 0.42 miles (0.68 km) in Rushville. SR 3 heads due north toward U.S. Route 40 (US 40) and then SR 3 heads east on US 40 for a short concurrency after 0.07 miles (0.11 km). After US 40, SR 3 has an interchange with interstate 70 (I-70), exit number 123 on I-70. Just south of I-70 SR 3 becomes a four-lane divided highway. After I-70, SR 3 passes near New Castle. SR 3 and U.S. Route 36 (US 36) have an interchange near Mount Summit. After US 36, SR 3 head north toward Muncie, where SR 3 has an interchange with State Road 67 (SR 67).[4]

At the interchange with SR 67, SR 3 heads east, then north along the bypass. Interchange includes U.S. Route 35 (US 35) south, State Road 32 (SR 32), and SR 67 north. The bypass is a limited-access highway.[5]

North of the Muncie Bypass, US 35 leaves SR 3 due west to Kokomo. After US 35, SR 3 heads due north to Markle. Passing though Hartford City, where SR 3 meets State Road 26 (SR 26). South of Markle SR 3 turns northeast, then SR 3 meets State Road 116 (SR 116). Then 0.46 miles (0.74 km) after SR 116, SR 3 comes to its northern terminus of the southern section of SR 3, at U.S. Route 224 (US 224).[6]

Northern section[edit]

The southern terminus of the northern section of SR 3 begins at Interstate 69 (I-69) and the northern terminus of U.S. Route 27 (US 27). The road heads North from this point, as a six–lane major arterial passing through both commercial and residenteal areas. North of Dupont Road, on the northside of Fort Wayne, the road becomes a rural four–lane divided highway. North of Fort Wayne, the route bypasses Huntertown, 8.20 miles (13.20 km) north of I-69. The road then enters Dekalb County with and traffic light at State Road 205 (SR 205). Very soon after SR 205, the road enters Noble County, bypassing LaOtto and Avilla. In Noble County, the route passes through rural farming land and parallels an abandoned railroad track on its way to Kendallville. In Kendallville the route has a short concurrency with US 6. After the US 6 concurrency SR 3, becomes a two–lane rural highway heading due North, until Mongo where the road turns northwest. Entering into Brighton, SR 3 reaches its northern terminus at SR 120.[7]

History[edit]

Between 1972 and 1973, SR 3 was removed between US 224 in Markle and I-69 on the north side of Fort Wayne. The final route through the Fort Wayne metro area followed Indianapolis Road/Baer Road past the city's main airport (then known as Baer Field) to Lower Huntington Road in the Waynedale district of Fort Wayne. SR 3 there turned east onto that road for only a short distance, before turning north again onto Bluffton Road (SR 1). Bluffton Road hugs the bank of the St. Mary's River before curving east and crossing it. SR 1 and SR 3 then immediately turned south onto Broadway for two blocks before turning east onto Rudisill Boulevard. SR 1/SR 3 followed Rudisill Boulevard to Lafayette Street (US 27/US 33 northbound) and Clinton Street (US 27/US 33 southbound) at which points the state routes turned north to join the others heading to/from downtown Fort Wayne. In the heart of the city US 33 departed, then upon leaving downtown Lafayette Street becomes Spy Run Boulevard (still one way northbound) before joining Clinton Street on the north side of the city. Shortly thereafter, US 27/SR 1/SR 3 turned toward the northwest onto Northrop Street and Lima Road until they reached the I-69 interchange, where SR 3 continued north on Lima Road and US 27/SR 1 turned east onto northbound I–69. With SR 3 through traffic easily using the then-recently completed I-69 to bypass Fort Wayne, the route between US 224 and the junction with SR 1 on the southwest side was turned back over to local control and the SR 3 designation was removed along the portions shared with other routes within the city.[8][9]

Until 1980, SR 3 was concurrent with SR 62 until it reached Interstate 65 in Jeffersonville.[10]

In 1990, the four-lane upgrade from the DeKalb/Allen County line north of Huntertown to Kendallville was completed, bypassing the towns of LaOtto and Avilla. This made SR 3 four lanes for the 25 miles (40 km) from I-69 in Fort Wayne to US 6 in Kendallville.[11]

In early 2010, construction began on SR 3 widening for about 3 miles (4.8 km) from Ludwig Road in Fort Wayne to Dupont Road on the north side of Fort Wayne. This section of highway along Lima Road was widened from four lane divided roadway to six lane divided highway and was completed in November 2011.[12][13]

At one point, the northern terminus was at the Michigan State Line.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
Clark Charlestown 0.000 0.000 SR 62 Southern terminus of SR 3
1.137 1.830 CR 403 south – Sellersburg former SR 403 south
Oregon Township 11.409 18.361 CR 203 north – Lexington former SR 203 north
ClarkScott
county line
WashingtonLexington
township line
12.147 19.549 SR 362 east – Nabb Western terminus of SR 362
Scott Lexington Township 15.761 25.365 SR 356 – Vienna, Lexington
18.282 29.422 SR 56 west / SR 203 north – Scottsburg South end of SR 56 / SR 203 overlap
20.112 32.367 SR 203 south – Lexington North end of SR 203 overlap
21.319–
21.437
34.310–
34.500
SR 56 east – Madison North end of SR 56 overlap
Jefferson Graham Township 23.428 37.704 SR 256 – Austin, Madison, Hardy Lake
Jennings Montgomery Township 29.725 47.838 SR 250 east – Paris Southern end of SR 250 concurrency
29.970 48.232 SR 250 west – Paris Crossing Northern end of SR 250 concurrency
Vernon Township 41.031 66.033 SR 7 south – Madison Southern end of SR 7 overlap
North Vernon 43.179 69.490 US 50
Center Township 45.515 73.249 SR 7 north / SR 750 west Northern end of SR 7 overlap; western end of SR 750 overlap
46.441 74.740 SR 750 west Eastern end of SR 750 overlap
Decatur Clay Township 67.626 108.833 SR 46 west – Columbus Southern end of SR 46 concurrency
Craig 71.029 114.310 SR 46 east – Greensburg, Historic Tower Tree, Airport Northern end of SR 46 concurrency
Greensburg 72.616 116.864 US 421 (North Michigan Avenue) – Business District
Washington Township 73.943–
74.408
119.000–
119.748
I-74 – Indianapolis, Cincinnati I-74 exit 134
Rush Anderson Township 83.431 134.269 SR 244 – Shelbyville, Milroy
Rushville 91.373 147.051 US 52 east – Brookville Southern end of US 52 concurrency
91.767 147.685
Truck US 52 west / Truck SR 44 (1st Street)
91.809 147.752 US 52 west / SR 44 (2nd Street) Northern end of US 52 concurrency
Henry Spiceland Township 105.375 169.585 US 40 west – Indianapolis Western end of US 40 concurrency
Dunreith 106.108 170.764 US 40 east – Richmond Eastern end of US 40 concurrency
Spiceland Township 110.483–
110.665
177.805–
178.098
I-70 – Indianapolis, Columbus, OH Exit 123 on I-70
New Castle 116.495 187.481 SR 38 (Broad Street) – Business District
Prairie Township 121.610–
121.818
195.712–
196.047
US 36 – Lynn, Mount Summit interchange
Delaware Monroe Township 131.232–
131.300
211.197–
211.307
SR 67 south – Indianapolis, Muncie, Ivy Tech Southern end of SR 67 concurrency; interchange
Muncie 132.805 213.729 US 35 south – Richmond, Muncie interchange; southbound exit and northbound entrance; south end of US 35 overlap
Center Township 134.452 216.380 Memorial Drive interchange
Muncie 135.471 218.019 SR 32 – Winchester, Muncie interchange
Hamilton Township 138.930 223.586 SR 67 north – Portland Northern end of SR 67 concurrency; interchange
139.570 224.616 Muncie (Old State Road 3 south) – Ball State University interchange; southbound exit and northbound entrance
141.800 228.205 US 35 north / SR 28 – Alexandria, Albany Northern end of US 35 concurrency
Blackford Hartford City 153.857 247.609 SR 26 (Washington Street)
Washington Township 160.894 258.934 SR 18 – Marion, Montpelier
WellsHuntington
county line
JacksonSalamonie
township line
167.891 270.194 SR 218 – Warren, Poneto
Huntington SalamonieRock Creek
township line
173.850 279.784 SR 124 – Mount Etna, Bluffton
Markle 179.987 289.661 SR 116 (Morse Street)
180.352 290.248 US 224 (Logan Street) to I-69 / SR 3 north Northern end of southern section
Gap in route
Allen Fort Wayne 180.352–
180.470
290.248–
290.438
I-69 / US 24 / US 30 / US 27 south (Lima Road) – Indianapolis, Lansing Southern terminus of northern section of SR 3 and northern terminus of US 27
DeKalb Butler Township 192.283 309.449 SR 205 – LaOtto, Churubusco, Garrett
Noble Avilla 197.606 318.016 SR 8 east / East Albion Street – Avilla, Auburn Southern end of SR 8 concurrency
Allen Township 200.243 322.260 SR 8 west – Albion Northern end of SR 8 concurrency
Kendallville 204.655 329.360 US 6 west (West North Street) – G.S. Porter Historic Site West end of US 6 concurrency
205.290 330.382 US 6 east (North Street) – Waterloo East end of US 6 concurrency
LaGrange Springfield Township 218.732 352.015 US 20 – LaGrange, Elkhart, Angola
Brighton 225.148 362.341 SR 120 – Elkhart, Orland Northern terminus of SR 3
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 10, 2017. 
  3. ^ Google (2010-12-28). "overview map of SR 3 from Charlestown to Greensburg" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2010-12-28. 
  4. ^  Template:Yahoo maps is deprecated.›Yahoo!; Navteq (2010-12-27). "overview map of SR 3 from Greensburg to Muncie" (Map). Yahoo! Maps. Yahoo!. Retrieved 2010-12-27. [dead link]
  5. ^  Template:Yahoo maps is deprecated.›Yahoo!; Navteq (2010-12-27). "overview map of SR 3 Muncie Bypass" (Map). Yahoo! Maps. Yahoo!. Retrieved 2010-12-27. [dead link]
  6. ^ Google (2010-12-30). "overview map of SR 3 from Muncie to Markle" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  7. ^ Google (2010-12-30). "overview map of SR 3 from Fort Wayne to Brighton" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  8. ^ Indiana State Highway Commission (1972). Indiana State Highway System (Map) (1972–73 ed.). 1:640,000. Indiana State Highway Commission. OCLC 65333830. 
  9. ^ Indiana State Highway Commission (1973). Indiana State Highway System (Map) (1973–74 ed.). 1:633,900. Indiana State Highway Commission. OCLC 501330315, 65333444. 
  10. ^ Indiana Highway Ends Map of SR 3 in Jeffersonville
  11. ^ "U.S. 6, Ind. 3: Kendallville's routes to growth". The News-Sun. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  12. ^ "Lima Road done, Governor on hand to mark wrap-up of widening project". The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. November 3, 2011. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Governor Daniels Cuts Ribbon for $26 Million Major Moves SR 3/Lima Road Project". Indiana Department of Transportation. November 7, 2011. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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