Interstate 65 in Indiana
|Maintained by Indiana DOT|
|Length:||261.27 mi (420.47 km)|
|Existed:||1956 – present|
|South end:||I-65 at Kentucky state line|
| I-265 / SR 62 / SR 265 in Jeffersonville
I-74 / I-465 in Indianapolis
I-70 in Indianapolis
I-465 in Indianapolis
I-865 in Indianapolis
I-80 / I-94 / US 6 in Gary
|North end:||I-90 / Indiana Toll Road / US 12 / US 20 in Gary|
In the U.S. state of Indiana, Interstate 65 traverses the state from southeast to northwest. The Indiana portion begins near Louisville, Kentucky and travels north, passing through Columbus, Indianapolis, and Lafayette. Interstate 65 terminates near Gary on the Indiana Toll Road. Interstate 65 covers 261.27 miles (420.47 km) in the state of Indiana. This is one of the principal interstate highways that cross the state, and, more specifically, intersect at the city of Indianapolis, that has given the state the nickname of "Crossroads of America".
Interstate 65 enters the state northbound at Jeffersonville (across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky) on the Abraham Lincoln Bridge; traffic exiting the state travels on the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge. I-65 travels past Clark State Forest before reaching Seymour to the north. I-65 intersects with US 50 providing access to Seymour to the west. US 31 runs parallel to the interstate until it reaches Indianapolis. North of Seymour, I-65 passes through Columbus. Just north of Columbus, I-65 runs near Camp Atterbury, an Indiana National Guard training base. The interstate continues north into Indianapolis.
Interstate 65 crosses the I-465 loop before reaching Indianapolis. The section of Interstate 65 in downtown Indianapolis overlaps Interstate 70. The junctions are often referred to as the "North Split" and the "South Split", forming a section of interstate locally known as the "Inner Loop" or "Spaghetti Bowl" due to the visual complexity of the overlapping freeways. In 1999, the 25-mile (40 km) segment of Interstate 65 between the two Interstate 465 interchanges was renamed the Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Highway. I-65 leaves the I-465 loop on the northwest side of Indianapolis. The highway travels past Eagle Creek Park and it then passes the terminus of I-865 and picks up US 52. At mile marker 116, I-65 passes Crown Hill Cemetery, burial site and memorial of President Benjamin Harrison.
The segment of Interstate 65 north of Indianapolis heads in the direction of Chicago, Illinois. US 52 runs concurrent until the north side of Lebanon. From this point US 52 runs parallel to I-65. At about the halfway point to the end of I-65 and Indianapolis, I-65 passes through Lafayette. I-65 crosses the Wabash River in Lafayette and passes next to Prophetstown State Park. North of Lafayette, I-65 passes through the open flatlands of northwest Indiana. Protruding from the fields are some of the hundreds of wind turbines of the Benton County Wind Farm and Fowler Ridge Wind Farm.
At approximately mile 199.4 is the time zone boundary between Central Time (Jasper County) and Eastern Time (White County). As with all time zone changes on highways maintained by the Indiana Department of Transportation, this change in time zone is not marked with any roadside signage.
Upon crossing into Lake County, over the Kankakee River, the highway is known as the Casimir Pulaski Memorial Highway. It is known as this from that point to its northern terminus. The northern terminus of Interstate 65 is only 1⁄8 mile (0.20 km) north of Interstate 90 (Indiana Toll Road).
Prior to 2004, the interchange from Interstate 90 to Interstate 65 required making a physical left turn onto Interstate 65 via a traffic signal; traffic from Interstate 65 to Interstate 90 bypassed the traffic signal via an isolated right-turn lane. It has since been grade-separated.
As part of the "Operation Indy Commute" project, INDOT began work in 2013 to widen I-65 on both northbound and southbound roads from Exit 103 at Southport Road northward to the southern junction with I-465, increasing the lanes temporarily to 4 on this section to improve merging traffic entering I-65 South from I-465 and from the westward exit into I-65 North from Southport Road. To reduce congestion on I-65 South from I-465 West, the cloverleaf exit from I-465 West was replaced by a flyover overpass to I-65 South. The I-465 East exit to I-65 South was expanded for improved merging with the westbound flyover. Most of this work was completed in late 2014.
|Ohio River||John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge (southbound)
Abraham Lincoln Bridge (northbound)
I-65 continues south into Kentucky
|Clark||Jeffersonville||0.32||0.51||0||Court Street, 6th Street – Jeffersonville||Southbound exit (Court St., Market St.) permanently closed on December 15, 2015|
|0.62||1.00||1||US 31 south (10th Street)||Southern end of US 31 concurrency; southbound exit and northbound entrance; US 31 serves as service drives for I-65 until Exit 4|
|0.77||1.24||1||10th Street – Jeffersonville||Formerly SR 62 east|
|1.73||2.78||1||Brown's Station Way – New Albany||Northbound exit and southbound entrance; formerly SR 62 west|
|3.82||6.15||4||US 31 north / Lewis & Clark Parkway||Formerly SR 131|
|5.70||9.17||6||I-265 west / SR 62 / SR 265 east – New Albany||I-265 east exit 7, west exits 7A-B; signed as exits 6A (east) & 6B (west)|
|Sellersburg||7.36||11.84||7||SR 60 – Salem|
|9.10||14.65||9||Charlestown Road – Speed, Sellersburg, New Albany||Formerly SR 311|
|Memphis||15.78||25.40||16||Blue Lick Road|
|Henryville||19.25||30.98||19||SR 160 – Charlestown, Henryville|
|Scott||Scottsburg||29.32||47.19||29||SR 56 (McClane Avenue) – Scottsburg, Salem||Signed as exits 29A (east) and 29B (west) southbound|
|Austin||33.50||53.91||34||SR 256 (Main Street) – Austin||Signed as exits 34A (east) and 34B (west) southbound|
|Jackson||Vernon Township||36.52||58.77||36||US 31 (Armstrong Street) – Crothersville, Austin|
|41.08||66.11||41||SR 250 – Uniontown, Crothersville|
|Seymour||49.55||79.74||50||US 50 (Tipton Street) – North Vernon, Seymour, Brownstown||Signed as exits 50A (east) and 50B (west)|
|Redding Township||55.32||89.03||55||SR 11 – Jonesville, Seymour|
|Bartholomew||Columbus||63.72||102.55||64||SR 58 west (450 South) – Walesboro, Ogilville|
|68.29||109.90||68||SR 46 (Jonathan Moore Pike) – Nashville, Columbus, Bloomington|
|Taylorsville||75.74||121.89||76||US 31 – Taylorsville, Columbus, Edinburgh||Signed as exits 76A (south) and 76B (north)|
|Shelby||Jackson Township||80.06||128.84||80||SR 252 (Shelbyville Road) – Edinburgh, Flat Rock|
|Johnson||Franklin||89.54||144.10||90||SR 44 (King Street) – Shelbyville, Franklin|
|Pleasant Township||94.41||151.94||95||Whiteland Road – Whiteland|
|97.22||156.46||97||East Worthsville Road||Diverging diamond interchange opened November 23,2015|
|Greenwood||99.13||159.53||99||Main Street – Greenwood|
|100.65||161.98||101||County Line Road|
|105.90||170.43||106||I-74 / I-465||I-74/465 exits 53A-B; future I-69.|
|109.97||176.98||110A||Morris Street, Prospect Street||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|110.10||177.19||110B||I-70 west – St. Louis||Southern end of I-70 concurrency, east exit 80.|
|110.39||177.66||110A||East Street||Southbound exit|
|110.52||177.86||111 (NB)||Washington Street||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|111.02||178.67||111 (SB)||Davidson Street, Ohio Street||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|111.29||179.10||111||Ohio Street||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|111.60||179.60||112A||I-70 east – Dayton, Columbus||Northern end of I-70 concurrency, west exit 83B; has an entrance from Michigan Street onto I-70 (east) & I-65 (north).|
|112.96||181.79||113||Pennsylvania Street, Meridian Street|
|113.51||182.68||114||Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street, West Street|
|115.32||185.59||116||29th Street, 30th Street||No southbound exit|
|115.79||186.35||117||Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street||No northbound exit|
|118.89||191.33||119||38th Street||Directional access only; 38th Street serves as collector/distributor lane for interchange with Kessler Boulevard|
|123||I-465 – Indianapolis International Airport||Directional access only; airport signed southbound only|
|Boone||Eagle Township||129.09||207.75||129||I-865 east (US 52 east) to I-465||Southern end of US 52 concurrency; western terminus of I-865; southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|129.85||208.97||130||CR 650 South/Oak Street – Zionsville, Whitestown||Formerly SR 334|
|Perry Township||133.08||214.17||133||SR 267 – Brownsburg, Whitestown|
|Lebanon||137.44||221.19||138||Indianapolis Road, Indianapolis Avenue — Lebanon||Southbound exit connects to Hall Baker Road; Lebanon only signed southbound; no access from northbound Hall Baker Road to southbound I-65|
|138.61||223.07||139||SR 39 (Lebanon Street) – Lizton, Lebanon|
|139.88||225.12||140||SR 32 (South Street) – Lebanon, Crawfordsville|
|141.29||227.38||141||Lafayette Avenue||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|Center Township||141.61||227.90||141||US 52 west||North end of US 52 concurrency; northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|Washington Township||145.61||234.34||146||SR 47 – Thorntown, Sheridan|
|Clinton||Washington Township||157.56||253.57||158||SR 28 – Frankfort, Attica|
|Tippecanoe||Dayton||168.16||270.63||168||SR 25 south (Walnut Street) / SR 38 – Dayton, Lafayette||Southern end of SR 25 concurrency|
|Lafayette||171.73||276.37||172||SR 26 (South Street) – Lafayette, Rossville|
|174.77||281.27||175||SR 25 north (Schuyler Avenue) – Lafayette, Delphi||Northern end of SR 25 concurrency|
|West Lafayette||177.90||286.30||178||SR 43 (River Road) – Brookston, West Lafayette|
|White||Prairie Township||187.54||301.82||188||SR 18 – Brookston, Fowler|
|West Point Township||192.96||310.54||193||US 231 – Chalmers, Wolcott|
|Jasper||Carpenter Township||200.94||323.38||201||US 24 / US 231 – Wolcott, Remington|
|204.51||329.13||205||US 231 – Remington, Rensselaer|
|Newton Township||214.24||344.79||215||SR 114 – Morocco, Rensselaer|
|219.94||353.96||220||SR 14 – Winamac|
|Keener Township||229.00||368.54||230||SR 10 – Roselawn, Demotte|
||No major junctions|
|Lake||Eagle Creek Township||239.31||385.13||240||SR 2 (181st Avenue) – Lowell, Hebron||Hebron signed northbound only|
|Crown Point||246.68||396.99||247||US 231 – Crown Point, Hebron||Hebron signed southbound only|
|249.48||401.50||249||109th Avenue – Crown Point, Winfield||Interchange opened September 30, 2010|
|Merrillville||252.06||405.65||253||US 30 (Lincoln Highway) – Merrillville, Valparaiso, Schererville|
|Hobart–Lake Station line||257.67||414.68||258||
Bus. US 6 (Ridge Road)
|Gary||259.06||416.92||259||I-80 / I-94 / US 6 – Chicago, Toledo, Detroit||I-80/94 exits 11 (east only)-12; signed as exits 259A (west) & 259B (east).|
|261.22||420.39||262||I-90 / Indiana Toll Road – Illinois, Ohio||I-90 exit 17; northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|261.27||420.47||262||US 12 / US 20 – Portage, Gary||Northern terminus of I-65 at-grade|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
I-65 has three auxiliary routes in Indiana:
- I-265: the Indiana segment of the incomplete beltway around Metro Louisville, running from I-65 in Clarksville to I-64 in New Albany and signed the Lee H. Hamilton Freeway. Construction has begun on a bridge across the Ohio River to connect the Indiana segment of I-265 with the Kentucky segment.
- I-465: beltway around Indianapolis, signed as the USS Indianapolis Memorial Highway
- I-865: a connector from I-65 to the northwest corner of I-465 in Indianapolis
- Federal Highway Administration (2002-10-31). "FHWA Route Log and Finder List: Table 1". Retrieved 2009-02-24.
- "Memorial Highways and Bridges". Indiana Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2008-04-16.
- "OPERATION INDY COMMUTE - I-65 & I-465 SOUTH". Indiana Department of Transportation.
- "INDOT Roadway Referencing System" (PDF). staff.