US 20 in Indiana
According to watchtutorials, US 20 is a US Highway in the US state of Indiana. The road runs from the Illinois border in Gary, a suburb of Chicago through the city of South Bend to Metz on the Ohio border . The route is 237 kilometers long. The road forms a highway around South Bend and Elkhart.
The US 20 / US 35 fork near Michigan City.
The road crosses the Illinois – Indiana border under Interstate 90, the Chicago Skyway. The road then continues as a main road through the industrial suburbs of Whiting, Hammond and Gary. One crosses Interstate 94 at Portage and then leaves the Chicago metropolitan area. The road then temporarily parallels US 12 through the dunes of Lake Michigan. At Michigan City, US 20 turns east and crosses I-94 again. Shortly afterwards you cross the Interstate 80 / Interstate 90 toll road. The road then runs due east and you reach the town of South Bend.
At South Bend one crosses US 31 ], which runs to Benton Harbor in Michigan as a highway. US 20 merges with US 31 and thus also becomes a highway. Both roads then form a 2×2 lane bypass around the town of South Bend. At the south end of South Bend, US 31 exits toward Indianapolis. US 20 then continues eastwards as a highway, south of the city of Elkhart, which forms a small conurbation together with South Bend and a few suburbs. In Elkhart one crosses the ][US 33 in Indiana|US 33]] which leads to Fort Wayne. East of Elkhart, US 20 becomes a regular highway again.
US 20 runs parallel to the Indiana Toll Road and may be an alternative to this. One comes across the countryside and not through too many places. At the town of Angola you cross the Interstate 69. Not far after, at the village of Metz, US 20 crosses the Ohio border. US 20 in Ohio then continues to Toledo.
According to Citypopulationreview, US 20 was created in 1926. US 20 follows the historic Lincoln Highway, one of the first auto trails. South of Lake Michigan, US 20 follows the Dunes Highway, which was built in the early 1920s and now plays an important role in urban traffic. In 1956, the Indiana Toll Road opened, eliminating the throughput of US 20. US 20 usually doesn’t go much more than 10 to 15 miles from the Indiana Toll Road.
In 2015, a short section of US 20 east of Elkhart was widened from a 2- to 5-lane center turn lane, between the end of the St. Joseph Valley Parkway and SR-15.
St Joseph Valley Parkway
Surrounding the towns of South Bend and Elkhart is the St. Joseph Valley Parkway, a bypass that has been constructed as a freeway. In 1962 the first part of this opened on the west side of South Bend. In the mid-1970s, the highway was extended to US 31 on the south side of South Bend, after which the route was renumbered as Bypass US 20, the original US 20 then passing through downtown South Bend. Beginning in 1982, this section was renumbered US 31 and Bypass US 20 was discontinued. Between 1991 and 1998, the highway was extended further east along Mishawaka and Elkhart, bypassing this small conurbation on the south side, after which the route also became the US 20 was numbered, and the old US 20 through the centers of South Bend and Elkhart expired.
US 224 in Indiana
US 224 is a US Highway in the US state of Indiana. The road forms an east-west route through the northeast of the state, south of Fort Wayne, from Huntington on US 24 to the Ohio border beyond Decatur. The road is 60 kilometers long.
US 224 begins at the intersection with US 24 in the town of Huntington. US 224 continues a little to the southeast and after 15 kilometers crosses Interstate 69 at Markle. US 224 is a single-lane main road to the east and after 35 kilometers it reaches the town of Decatur, where it crosses US 27 and US 33. About 12 kilometers further on, the Ohio border follows, after which US 224 in Ohio continues to Findlay.
US 224 was created in 1933. The route has not changed substantially since then. It is one of the least important US Highways in Indiana, so the route has not been developed to a high standard.
Some 4,500 vehicles drive east of Huntington each day, dropping to 3,200 before Decatur. An equally large number cross the Ohio border every day.
Matthew E. Welsh Bridge
|Matthew E. Welsh Bridge|
|Total length||944 meters|
|Main span||2 x 221 meters|
|Bridge deck height||? meter|
|Traffic intensity||3,300 mvt/day|
The Matthew E. Welsh Bridge is a truss bridge in the United States, located on the border of the states of Indiana and Kentucky. The bridge spans the Ohio River near Brandenburg, Kentucky.
The Matthew E. Welsh Bridge is a steel truss bridge with a total length of 944 meters and a main span of 2 x 221 meters. The bridge has two main spans with one pylon in the middle of the Ohio River. The bridge deck is 8.5 meters wide, over the bridge runs a two-lane road, on the Kentucky side the State Route 79 connects around Brandenburg, on the Indiana side the State Route 135 connects to Corydon. On the Kentucky side there is a steep slope, the bank on the Indiana side is flatter, so the bridge is on a slope. The bridge is toll-free.
The bridge started construction in August 1964 and was opened to traffic on November 19, 1966. Construction cost $5.5 million at the time and was funded by the state of Indiana, despite the bridge being largely located in Kentucky territory. The bridge was renovated in 1997.
The bridge is named after Matthew E. Welsh (1912-1995), the 41st governor of the state of Indiana. He was governor between 1961 and 1965 and thanks to an introduced tax on cigarettes, the bridge was built. The governor was known for the tax hikes that were unpopular.
Approximately 3,300 vehicles use the bridge daily, relatively few given its location near Fort Knox.