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
Length166.846 mi[1] (268.513 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 30 / US 33 / SR 930 in Fort Wayne
US 27 / SR 3 in Fort Wayne
I-69 / I-469 in Fort Wayne
I-469 / US 30 in New Haven
East end US 24 at Ohio state line
Location
CountiesNewton, Jasper, White, Cass, Miami, Wabash, Huntington, Whitley, Allen
Highway system
SR 23SR 25

U.S. Route 24 (US 24) in Indiana runs east from the Illinois state line to Huntington. At Huntington, US 24 turns northeast and runs to Fort Wayne; it then runs concurrently with Interstate 69 (I-69) and 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 concurrent 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 divided 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 begins 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 is mostly freeway, and includes overlaps with two Interstate Highways. US 24 merges onto I-69 heading north at that route's exit 302. US 24 (along with US 30) then leaves I-69 at exit 315 to head east then south along I-469. US 24 runs concurrently with I-469 until the east side of New Haven, passing through interchanges with Maplecrest Read and SR 37 along its path. US 24 leaves I-469 at exit 21 in New Haven, a conventional parclo interchange, but from there heads northeast toward Ohio as a four-lane mostly Interstate standard rural freeway. After leaving I-469, the US 24 freeway has a substandard (short, low-speed Y-ramps of a RIRO design) interchange with Bruick Road and Old US 24 in rural Allen County. Continuing past a standard diamond interchange at Webster Road, there follows a subsequent interchange with SR 101 in Woodburn. Beyond the SR 101 junction, US 24 enters Ohio, where the freeway ends but the route continues on in the Buckeye State as a four-lane divided rural arterial highway (though full access-control extends past the state line about another 2 miles).[4]

History[edit]

Logansport to Fort Wayne[edit]

The original route of US 24 went through the city of Logansport, then was a two-lane undivided rural highway north of the present four-lane highway from Logansport to a point near New Waverly. From there, the original facility ran south of today's four-lane roadway, through Peru and roughly paralleling the old Wabash Railroad (now Norfolk Southern) mainline tracks into the city of Wabash. Between that city and the Wabash County town of Largo, the old road still is south of the present alignment, but from there to the west side of Huntington (at SR 9) the present four-lane facility replaced the original two-lane road. US 24 originally went through the city of Huntington, but now is bypassed to the west and north by the modern alignment. From east of Huntington to Fort Wayne the four-lane roadway was built over the two-lane highway, then known as Upper Huntington Road.

Fort Wayne to New Haven[edit]

Before US 24 was rerouted onto I-69 and I-469, US 24 went through both Fort Wayne and its eastern suburb, New Haven. It entered the metropolitan area concurrent with SR 37 on Upper Huntington Road (now Jefferson Boulevard), and picked up another concurrency with former SR 14 at Illinois Road on the west side of the city. This was also the point where Upper Huntington Road transitioned to being Jefferson Boulevard. US 24 and the state roads crossed the Saint Marys River in Swinney Park then became split through downtown Fort Wayne on a one-way pair of streets, with Jefferson Boulevard and then Maumee Avenue carrying eastbound traffic and Washington Boulevard handling westbound travel. East of downtown, SR 37 left the one-way pair of Maumee and Washington at Anthony Boulevard, departing to the north. The one-way pair merged onto Washington Blvd just east of Memorial Park, near Edsall Avenue on the east side.

Just east of Fort Wayne US 24 had an interchange with the Bueter Road alignment of the original 1953 US 30 "Bypass" (later renamed Coliseum Boulevard). From that tight cloverleaf interchange to the east, US 24 & SR 14 were concurrent with US 30 (now SR 930) and they then bridged over the Nickel Plate Railroad (now Norfolk Southern) mainline before merging onto New Haven Avenue, heading due east toward that suburb. Then US 24 and SR 14 headed into downtown New Haven, with US 30 splitting off to the south to bypass central New Haven. Just beyond that split, US 24 turned north onto Broadway Street, with SR 14 continuing due east along Dawkins Road to Ohio. On Broadway, US 24 crossed the Nickel Plate railroad mainline at-grade, and then curved slightly north-northwest through downtown New Haven before turning east onto Rose Avenue which led out of town (and past the point which later would become the I-469 interchange) as the old alignment which was later replaced by the modern freeway.

In the early 1980s, US 24 was rerouted out of downtown Fort Wayne, following I-69 north to US 30/Coliseum Boulevard (now SR 930), and then following Coliseum Boulevard around the northern and eastern sides of the city to the cloverleaf at Washington Boulevard. When the southeastern portions of I-469 opened to traffic in 1989, US 24 was rerouted again, this time onto I-69 south, then I-469 at I-69's (then Exit 96, now 296) to the current interchange with US 24 east of New Haven. This resulted in a "doubling back" to the south-southwest from the Jefferson Boulevard interchange (then 101, now 301) along I-69 to reach I-469's south junction with I-69. Many savvy through travelers on US 24 simply left that route in Huntington County and turned east onto County Road 900 North at Roanoke, which becomes Lafayette Center Road at the Allen County line), and which about six miles (9.7 km) after leaving US 24 deposited them directly onto eastbound I-469 and (at the time) US 24 at the I-69 interchange. Though this deviation was along a two-lane road it saved them several miles of unnecessary out-of-the-way travel along the officially shielded route.

After the original two-lane alignment east of New Haven along the Maumee River was bypassed by the present four-lane freeway in 2012, US 24 was again officially rerouted to its present posted alignment, using the northern loop of I-469, via I-69 north. However, many through travelers still use the Co Rd 900 S/Lafayette Center Road (both now widened and improved) to I-469 east and north route as it remains far shorter and more direct than the officially designated US 24 northern bypass of the Summit City and its eastern suburb.

Fort to Port[edit]

2008–12 upgrades[edit]

Fort to Port[definition needed] 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 was to be reconstructing the parclo interchange with I-469 in New Haven.[citation needed]

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

In November 2007, Indiana announced they would reduce costs by changing their segment to be 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-foot-wide [3.7 m]) 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.

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 intersection with Bruick Road was to have initially been an at-grade crossing, but INDOT announced in August 2009 that a grade-separated interchange was to be built here as well.[6] Indiana's entire 13.5-mile (21.7 km) segment of US 24 was completed as a freeway. The interchange with I-469, however, was unchanged and remained at-grade.

Upon completion, ownership of the existing US 24 was 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."

Part of the new US 24 "Fort to Port" freeway in Eastern Indiana in 2018

Governor Daniels and INDOT held the groundbreaking ceremony for the Indiana section on April 30, 2008. By December 2008, crews had completed construction on two 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.[7] The project was designated completed and the final segment opened on November 4, 2012.[8]

Interchange with I-469[edit]

In the original plans, INDOT intended to upgrade the I-469/US 24 interchange to allow free-flowing movements between the two highways as documented in the Fort-to-Port Final Environmental Impact Statement published in 2005. This included building a 2,200-foot (670 m) flyover ramp from eastbound US 24 to southbound I-469. Five years later, no work had been performed on this interchange.

In May 2017, it was announced that a modification to the original plan was in process. The long proposed flyover was being replaced with two significantly shorter bridges. Furthermore, the interchange was going to be upgraded in two phases. The initial phase will eliminate the traffic signal and would entail everything but the modified flyover, in particular both northbound I-469 to westbound US 24 and eastbound US 24 to northbound I-469 would be converted to free-flowing movements. This first phase should be completed in 2019. The remaining free-flowing connection is slated to be completed in late 2020.[9]

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationmi[1]kmExitDestinationsNotes
NewtonJefferson Township0.0000.000 US 24 west / US 52 west – Sheldon, WatsekaContinuation into Illinois
1.8152.921 SR 71 south – RaubNorthern terminus of SR 71
Kentland4.6167.429 US 41 / US 52 east – Terre Haute, Lafayette, HammondEastern end of US 52 concurrency
Goodland10.56617.004 SR 55 south – FowlerWestern end of SR 55 concurrency
11.06517.807 SR 55 north – Crown PointEastern end of SR 55 concurrecny
JasperRemington19.53731.442 US 231 north – RensselaerWestern end of US 231 concurrency
21.236–
21.405
34.176–
34.448
I-65 – Indianapolis, Gary, Chicago
WhiteWolcott26.27042.277 US 231 south – LafayetteEastern end of US 231 concurrency
Reynolds35.09856.485 US 421 north / SR 43 south – Michigan City, LafayetteWestern end of US 421 concurrency; northern terminus of SR 43
Monticello41.01266.002 US 421 south / SR 39 south – Delphi, Frankfort, IndianapolisEastern end of US 421 concurrency; western end of SR 39 concurrency
Union Township42.27668.037 SR 39 north – BuffaloEastern end of SR 39 concurrency
CassLogansport60.84097.912
US 35 north / Bus. US 24 east – La Porte, Logansport
Western end of US 35 concurrency; western end of Bus. US 24
62.182100.072Old State Road 25Interchange
62.982101.360 SR 25 south / SR 29 south – Lafayette, DelphiSplit diamond interchange, together with interchange for SR  25 north; western end of SR 25 concurrency; northern terminus of SR 29
63.257101.802 SR 25 north / SR 329 southSplit diamond interchange, together with interchange for SR  25 south; eastern end of SR 25 concurrency; northern terminus of SR 329
67.171108.101 US 35 south – KokomoEastern end of US 35 concurrency
Miami Township74.444119.806
Bus. US 24 west / Logansport Road
Eastern end of Bus. US 24
MiamiPeru Township77.451124.645 US 31 – Indianapolis, Kokomo, Plymouth, South Bend
Peru81.218130.708 SR 19 – Converse, Akron
WabashNoble Township92.028148.105 SR 115 northSouthern terminus of SR 115
Wabash94.018151.307 SR 15 – Marion, Wabash, Warsaw
96.464155.244 SR 13 – Noblesville, Wabash, North Manchester
Lagro98.553158.606 SR 524 south – LagroWestern terminus of SR 524
HuntingtonDallas Township106.531171.445 SR 105 north – South WhitleyWestern end of SR 105 concurrency
Andrews107.659173.260 SR 105 south – BanquoEastern end of SR 105 concurrency
Huntington111.700179.764 SR 9 south – Marion, AndersonSouthern end of SR 9 concurrency
113.525182.701 US 224 east / SR 5 – Huntington, Decatur, WarrenWestern terminus of US 224
Huntington Township115.239185.459 SR 9 north – Columbia CityNorthern end of SR 9 concurrency
116.424187.366Old US 24Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
HuntingtonWhitley
county line
JacksonJefferson
township line
126.817204.092 SR 114 west – North ManchesterEastern terminus of SR 114
AllenFort Wayne131.151–
132.316
211.067–
212.942
I-69 south / US 33 south / Jefferson Boulevard – Indianapolis, Fort Wayne International AirportWestern end of I-69 / US 33 concurrency
135.553218.151305 SR 14 west / Illinois RoadSigned as exits 305A (east) and 305B (west)
139.509224.518309 US 30 west / US 33 north
SR 930 east / Goshen Road
Eastern end of US 33 concurrency; western end of US 30 concurrency; signed as exits 309A (east) and 309B (west / north); western end of SR 930
141.290227.384311 US 27 south / SR 3 north (Lima Road)Signed as exits 311A (south) and 311B (north); northern terminus of US 27; southern terminus of the northern section of SR 3
142.592229.480312Coldwater RoadSigned as exits 312A (south) and 312B (north)
145.335233.894315
31
I-69 north – Lansing, MI
I-469 east
Auburn Road
Eastern end of I-69 concurrency; west end of I-469 concurrency; westbound exit only to Auburn Road; exit 315 on I-69 and exit 31 on I-469
St. Joseph Township147.590237.52329Maplecrest RoadSigned as exits 29A (north) and 29B (south) eastbound
Fort Wayne151.582243.94825 SR 37 north / Maysville Road – Fort WayneSouthern end of the northern segment of SR 37
Jefferson Township155.283249.904 I-469 south / US 30 east – New Haven, Fort Wayne International AirportEastern end of I-469 / US 30 concurrency
Milan Township157.348253.227Bruick RoadInterchange (sub-Interstate standards)
158.472255.036Webster RoadInterchange
Maumee Township164.239264.317 SR 101 – WoodburnInterchange
166.846268.513 US 24 east – Defiance, Napoleon, ToledoContinuation into Ohio
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Indiana Department of Transportation (July 2016). Reference Post Book (PDF). Indianapolis: Indiana Department of Transportation. US 24, I 69, I 469. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  2. ^ Google (April 22, 2011). "Overview Map of the Western Segment of US 24" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved April 22, 2011.
  3. ^ Google (April 22, 2011). "Overview Map of the Middle Segment of US 24" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved April 22, 2011.
  4. ^ Google (November 19, 2013). "Overview Map of the Eastern Segment of US 24" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 19, 2013.
  5. ^ Indiana Department of Transportation (December 12, 2007). "Interchanges to Be Built on Fort to Port Project" (Press release). Indiana Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on December 22, 2007.
  6. ^ Indiana Department of Transportation (August 7, 2009). "US 24 Proposed Pedestrian Bridge Upgraded to Interchange and Design Work Pending for SR 14 Adjacent to Inverness Pond" (Press release). Indiana Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015.
  7. ^ Sade, Vivian (November 15, 2012). "Fort to Port finally open for business". The Journal Gazette. Fort Wayne. OCLC 7368210. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
  8. ^ Indiana Department of Transportation. "US 24 Fort to Port". Indiana Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  9. ^ Clark, Rickie (May 10, 2017). "I-469 at US 24 Interchange Modification" (PDF). Indiana Department of Transportation.

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