History of Interstate 65 in Indiana

South of Indianapolis, US 31 was the predecessor of I-65. This road already had 2×2 lanes between Columbus and Indianapolis before 1960. Between Indianapolis and Lafayette, US 52 was the through route, which also had 2×2 lanes before 1960. North of Lafayette, traffic split over several US Highways, but at the time US 41 was the main route further west towards Chicago, this road already had significant 2×2 lane sections before 1960.

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Construction of I-65 was a high priority in Indiana, highway construction began fairly soon after the launch of the Interstate Highway program in 1956. By 1960, the first three sections opened, between Jeffersonville and Henryville, between Austin and Seymour and between Eagle and Perry northwest of Indianapolis. I-65 was constructed directly over Lebanon’s pre-existing US 52 bypass, which was first marked as I-65 on the Indiana state highway map in 1963. On December 6, 1963, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge opened over the Ohio River on the border with Kentuckyfor traffic. By 1963, there was 122 miles of continuous travel from the Kentucky border to Taylorsville, where I-65 became 2×2 US 31 to Indianapolis. In 1963 it was already possible to completely bypass Indianapolis via I-465 along the south and west sides of the city.

In 1968, the first section of I-65 in Northern Indiana opened to traffic, between US 30 at Merrillville and I-90 at Gary. Then, between 1969 and 1972, the entire stretch opened in large stretches between Lebanon and Merrillville in Northern Indiana. The last missing sections were between Taylorsville and Indianapolis and the urban stretch through Indianapolis itself. In 1973, the stretch opened between Taylorsville and the south side of Indianapolis. This was characteristic of that time, when sections where there was already a 2×2 divided highway, the Interstate Highway was put into use a little later, but in one go with long stretches at the same time. The last part was the double numbering with I-70 in Indianapolis that opened in 1976.

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Opening history

from nasty length date
Exit 1 Jeffersonville Exit 19 Henryville 29 km 00-00-1960
Exit 34 Austin Exit 50 Seymour (US 50) 26 km 00-00-1960
Exit 130 Eagle Exit 133 Perry 5 km 00-00-1960
Exit 19 Henryville Exit 34 Austin 24 km 00-00-1961
Exit 121 Lafayette Road, Indianapolis Exit 130 Eagle 14 km 00-00-1962
Exit 50 Seymour (US 50) Exit 76 Taylorsville 42 km 00-00-1963
Exit 133 Perry Exit 141 Lebanon (US 52) 13 km 00-00-1963
Kentucky state line Exit 1 Jeffersonville 1 km 06-12-1963
Exit 103 Southport Exit 107 Keystone Avenue (Indianapolis) 6 km 00-00-1966
Exit 117 Martin Luther King Jr. Street (Indianapolis) Exit 121 Lafayette Road, Indianapolis 6 km 00-00-1966
Exit 253 Merrillville (US 30) Exit 262 I-90 14 km 00-00-1968
Exit 215 Rensselaer Exit 253 Merrillville 61 km 00-00-1969
Exit 201 Remington (US 24) Exit 215 Rensselaer 23 km 00-00-1970
Exit 175 Lafayette (SR-25) Exit 201 Remington (US 24) 42 km 00-00-1971
Exit 141 Lebanon (US 52) Exit 175 Lafayette (SR-25) 55 km 00-00-1972
Exit 76 Taylorsville Exit 103 Southport 43 km 00-00-1973
Exit 114 West Street (Indianapolis) Exit 117 Martin Luther King Jr. Street (Indianapolis) 5 km 00-00-1973
Exit 107 Keystone Avenue (Indianapolis) Exit 108 Raymond Street (Indianapolis) 2 km 00-00-1975
Exit 108 Raymond Street (Indianapolis) Exit 114 West Street (Indianapolis) 10 km 00-00-1976

Widenings

I-65 at Lebanon with 2×3 lanes.

In Indianapolis, the northwest portion between 38th Street and I-465 was widened to 2×3 lanes around 2000. The southeastern section between I-465 and I-70 was already widened to 2×3 lanes before 1992, and possibly built directly with 2×3 lanes. Between 2000 and 2002, the northernmost section between Crown Point and I-80 was widened to 2×3 lanes. In about 2004, the section between Jeffersonville and Sellersburg in far south Indiana was widened to 2×3 lanes. Between 2010 and 2013, the section between I-865 and Lebanon was widened to 2×3 lanes. In 2014, I-65 on the south side of Indianapolis was widened to 2×4 lanes, and continued to 2×4 lanes to Greenwood between 2015 and 2017. Between 2015 and 2017, a 13-kilometer section along Lafayette was widened to 2×3 lanes.

On December 6, 2015, the Abraham Lincoln Bridge opened on the Kentucky border to complement the John F. Kennedy Bridge over the Ohio River. This section has been widened from 7 to 12 lanes. Further north, I-65 between Sellersburg and Henryville was widened to 2×3 lanes in 2016-2017. This was completed in November 2017. Subsequently, in the period 2018-2020, the 20-kilometer section between Seymour and Walesboro near Columbus was widened to 2×3 lanes.

Between 2016 and 2018, the section along Lafayette was widened to 2×3 lanes. Between May 2017 and November 2018, a 21-mile stretch between State Road 2 at Lowell and US 30 at Merrillville was widened from 2×2 to 2×3 lanes. The widening was completed on December 1, 2018.

Toll

The two bridges over the Ohio River on the border with Kentucky have been subject to tolls since December 30, 2016. The toll is fully electronic and introduced to fund the construction of the Abraham Lincoln Bridge. The toll is fully electronic with ETC.

Traffic intensities

I-65 between Indianapolis and Gary.

I-65 at Gary.

I-65 is fairly quiet on the rural stretches. About 30,000 to 40,000 mv/day drive between Louisville and Indianapolis. In Indianapolis this is busier, with 162,850 at the level of the double numbering with the I-70. North of Indianapolis this decreases again to values ‚Äč‚Äčaround 30,000 mvt/day. Just before Gary this increases again, but it doesn’t get busier than 80,000 mv/day, because most commuter traffic takes place east-west in this region.

Exit Location 2007 2016
1 Jeffersonville 130,000 136,000
2 Jeffersonville 92,000 85,000
4 Jeffersonville 88,000 100,000
6 Interstate 265 65,000 74,000
8 Sellersburg 44,000 41,000
19 Henryville 37,000 37,000
29 Scottsburg 40,000 33,000
36 Crothersville 36,000 36,000
50 Seymour 29,000 33,000
68 Columbus 38,000 46,000
76 Edinburgh 45,000 45,000
90 Franklin 57,000 55,000
99 greenwood 78,000 72,000
103 Southport Road 108,000 121,000
106 Interstate 465 95,000 83,000
109 Raymond Street 115,000 103,000
110 Interstate 70 157,000 145,000
111 New York Street 109,000 115,000
112 Interstate 70 149,000 137,000
113 Meridian Street 106,000 121,000
119 38th Street 76,000 74,000
123 Interstate 465 48,000 49,000
129 Interstate 865 62,000 84,000
139 Lebanon 42,000 52,000
158 Frankfurt 42,000 46,000
168 Dayton 43,000 47,000
172 Lafayette 49,000 52,000
178 West Lafayette 32,000 35,000
193 Wolcott 30,000 35,000
215 Rensselaer 32,000 37,000
247 Crown Point 40,000 55,000
253 Merrillville 87,000 89,000
258 Hobart 43,000 111,000
259 Interstate 80 31,000 37,000

Lane Configuration

From Unpleasant Lanes Comments
exit 0 Exit 1 2×6
Exit 1 exit 6 2×4
exit 6 Exit 16 2×3
Exit 16 Exit 101 2×2
Exit 101 exit 110 2×3 Indianapolis
exit 110 exit 112 2×4 Indianapolis
exit 112 Exit 123 2×3 Indianapolis
Exit 123 Exit 168 2×2
Exit 168 Exit 175 2×3 Lafayette
Exit 175 Exit 240 2×2
Exit 240 Exit 259 2×3
Exit 259 Exit 262 2×2 Gary

History of Interstate 65 in Indiana

History of Interstate 65 in Indiana
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