Interstate 80 in Indiana

By | October 18, 2022

 

I-80
Get started Hammond
End Metz
Length 152 mi
Length 244 km
Route
Illinois

1 Calumet Avenue

2 Indianapolis Boulevard

3 Kennedy Avenue

5 → East Chicago

6 Burr Street

9 Grant Street

10 Broadway

11-12 → Chicago / Indianapolis

13 Central Avenue

15 Lake Station

16 → Chicago / Detroit

Indiana Toll Road

23 Portage

31 Chesterton

39 Michigan City

49 La Porte

72 → Grand Rapids / Indianapolis

77 South Bend

83 Granger

92 Elkheart

96 Goshen

101 Bristol

107 Middlebury

121 Sturgis

144 → Indianapolis / Lansing

Ohio

Interstate 80 or I -80 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Indiana. The highway forms an east-west route through the north of the state, from the Illinois border in the Chicago metropolitan area through South Bend to the Ohio border. I-80 is largely a toll road, the Indiana Toll Road, and is also largely double -numbered with Interstate 90. The highway is 244 kilometers long.

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Travel directions

The Borman Expressway in Hammond.

Chicagoland

Interstate 80 in Illinois comes from Joliet through the south of the Chicagoland metropolitan area, extending into Indiana. The first 25 miles of I-80 in Indiana passes through urban areas, which gradually become less densely built up eastward. I-80 here is double-numbered with Interstate 94 and here forms the Borman Expressway, a busy highway with 4 to 5 lanes in each direction and a huge amount of freight traffic. I-80 runs along the south side of the infamous suburb of Gary, which also follows an interchange with Interstate 65 from Indianapolis. Shortly thereafter at Lake Station an interchange with Interstate 90 follows. At this point the three road numbers switch. I-80 exits to theIndiana Toll Road, after which a long double numbering begins with I-90 and I-94 continues straight toward Detroit. I-80 and I-90 are then double-numbered for the remainder of the route through Indiana.

Indiana Toll Road

The Indiana Toll Road near South Bend.

I-80/90 then forms the Indiana Toll Road, a 2×2 lane toll road through northern Indiana, often a short distance from the Michigan border. This is an approximately 220 km long route. The highway runs fairly close to the southern shore of Lake Michigan, where Chicago’s last exurbs merge into countryside. The countryside in northern Indiana is flat and consists mainly of meadows, regularly interrupted by some forest. I-80/90 then forms the northern bypass of the town of South Bend, which also crosses the St. Joseph River. There is also an interchange with US 31.

East of South Bend, the St. Joseph River is crossed two more times. The highway approaches the Michigan border in this area just 300 meters away. Near Angola there is a junction with Interstate 69. After this, I-80/90 veers southeast, then the Ohio border follows. Interstate 80 in Ohio then continues to Toledo and Cleveland.

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History

The Indiana Toll Road was built in the 1950’s and opened east to west between August and November 1956. The opening ceremony was held on September 17, 1956. In addition to the East-West Tollway, a North-South Tollway was also planned, over the current Interstate 65, but it was never built because the Interstate Highway plan was rolled out shortly after opening. The Indiana Tollroad is considered the “main street of the Midwest”. The toll road had a sequential exit numbering, but this was changed to an exit numbering by distance in 1981. Between 1980 and 1985 several new connections on the toll road were built.

Construction began on the Borman Expressway in Hammond in 1949. This was probably first constructed as US 6 and later became part of I-80. It is unclear when the section opened in Hammond, as from 1960 it was marked as part of I-80 on Indiana state highway maps. The toll-free portion of I-80 was planned as the Tri-State Highway, as an extension of the Tri-State Tollway in Illinois. In 1960-1961 the highway opened to traffic through Gary, the extension to the Indiana Toll Road at Portage followed circa 1965, completing I-80 in Indiana.

Opening history

from nasty length date
Exit 21 I-90/94 Ohio state line 217 km 17-09-1956
Illinois state line Exit 6 Burr Street (Gary) 10 km 00-00-1960
Exit 6 Burr Street (Gary) Exit 10 Gary (SR-53) 6 km 00-00-1961
Exit 10 Gary Exit 16/21 I-90/94 10 km 00-00-1965

Toll

I-80 is a toll road, also called the Indiana Toll Road. Tolls on the Indiana Toll Road were among the lowest in the United States, but have risen since 2010. The toll road has a closed ticket system.

Traffic intensities

The intensities below are for the toll-free part and apply after the relevant connection.

Exit Location 2007 2016
0 state line 154,000 202,000
1 Calumet Avenue 107,000 182,000
2 Indianapolis Boulevard 118,000 176,000
3 Kennedy Avenue 110,000 172,000
5 State Route 912 166,000 193,000
6 Burr Street 128,000 184,000
9 Grant Street 152,000 165,000
10 Broadway 155,000 157,000
12 Interstate 65 110,000 103,000
13 Central Avenue 93,000 79,000

Lane Configuration

From Unpleasant Lanes Comments
Illinois exit 12 2×4 2×5 between connections
exit 12 Exit 16 2×3
Exit 16 Ohio state line 2×2

Interstate 80 in Indiana