State Route 641 in Indiana
According to ablogtophone, State Route 641 is a state route and freeway in the U.S. state of Indiana. The highway forms a partial bypass of the city of Terre Haute in the western part of the state and is 10 kilometers long.
State Route 641 begins south of the town of Terre Haute on US 41, then continues northeast with 2×2 lanes. The highway ends at an interchange with Interstate 70 east of Terre Haute. The highway has two connections between the start and end point.
Terre Haute is located on the border between Indiana and Illinois. There are no north-south highways in the wider region, the US 41 handles through traffic in this area. Traffic always has to cut through Terre Haute, driving almost 20 kilometers through built-up areas. The Terre Haute Bypass has been constructed to facilitate traffic. Although it is called a bypass of Terre Haute, it is mainly a cut-off from US 41 to I-70, the bypass does not go all the way around Terre Haute.
As early as 1989, a bypass on the southeast side of Terre Haute was proposed by the region. In 1990, the project was placed in the transportation program of the state of Indiana. The first contract was awarded in June 2003, but work progressed so slowly that the Indiana Department of Transportation terminated the contract in November 2005. Subsequently, between 2008 and 2010, the first part of State Route 641 was built, between US 41 and McDaniel Road. This section opened to traffic on October 26, 2010. Between May 2014 and January 2017, the remaining 6-kilometer stretch up to I-70 was constructed. This section was opened with some delay on January 20, 2017. Construction of the bypass cost $150 million.
State Route 912 in Indiana
According to beautyphoon, State Route 912 or SR-912, also known as Cline Avenue is a state route and freeway in the U.S. state of Indiana. The highway is located in the suburban area of the city of Chicago, primarily in the industrial areas of East Chicago. The route is 19 kilometers long.
In Hammond, State Route 912 branches off from Interstate 90, which carries through traffic from Chicago. The highway has 2×2 lanes and runs through the large oil refineries and metal industry of East Chicago. A little further on, the road widens to 2×3 lanes. At the border of Gary, Hammond and East Chicago, one again crosses Interstate 90, for which there are no direct interchanges. State Route 912 then continues south in 2×2 lanes and ends at Interstate 80, which is double-numbered with Interstate 94. State Route 912 then continues as Cline Avenue to Main Street in Griffith.
The highway opened to traffic in 1982. The southern portion in west Gary between US 12 and 15th Avenue was not widened to 2×2 lanes until around 1998-1999. In 2002, the interchange with I-80 was converted from cloverleaf to bow tie.
On November 13, 2009, the highway was closed to traffic around the bridge over the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal (exit 1-5A). The bridge was found to be in critical condition, with a design flaw similar to the 2007 I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis. There were originally no plans to replace the bridge, as the $90 million investment was unjustifiable due to low highway usage. Interstate 90 is a hassle-free alternative. The cities of Gary, Whiting and East Chicago through which SR-912 passes are also some of the most run-down cities in the country, with a dramatic decline in population. The bridge was demolished in 2012.
It was later decided to reconstruct the bridge as a toll road managed by United Bridge Partners. This stretch of the highway will reopen on December 23, 2020. The bridge’s feasibility as a toll road has been questioned due to the local nature of the traffic, primarily for commuters to and from the heavy industry of Gary, Whiting and East Chicago. These places are among the poorest in the United States.
The intensities are between 11,000 and 70,000 vehicles per day. Before the bridge was closed, 35,000 vehicles crossed the bridge every day.
William H. Natcher Bridge
|William H. Natcher Bridge|
|Total length||1,373 meters|
|Main span||366 meters|
|Bridge deck height||? meter|
|Traffic intensity||5,800 mvt/day|
The William H. Natcher Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge in the United States, located on the border of the states of Kentucky and Indiana. The bridge spans the Ohio River near Owensboro.
The concrete cable-stayed bridge has a total length of 1,373 meters, with a main span of 366 meters and two side spans of 152 meters on each side, followed by bridge bridges that make up the rest of the length. The pylons are in the Ohio River, but on the Kentucky side, since the Indiana border is almost on the north bank. The pylons are 114 meters high and identical to each other in an A-shape. The bridge deck is 20 meters wide, with 2×2 lanes and a redress lane, but not a full-fledged hard shoulder. Crossing the bridge is US 231 which forms the east bypass of Owensboro. Rockport is on the Indiana side. The bridge has mainly a regional importance, through traffic in this region is limited.
In 1940, the Glover Cary Bridge, a truss bridge, opened at downtown Owensboro. The bridge ended right in the center and was unfavorable for through traffic. For this reason, it was investigated as early as 1987 whether a second span over the Ohio River was possible. However, the construction of the bridge took a while and, moreover, it took a long time. The construction of the bridge piers started in 1995, but the actual construction of the bridge only started in 1998 and lasted until 2002. On October 21, 2002, the William H. Natcher Bridge opened to traffic. When opened, it was the longest inland cable-stayed bridge in the United States. Subsequently, US 231 in Indiana up to Interstate 64 was converted to a 2×2 divided highwaywidened. This was completed in 2011.
The bridge is named after William Huston Natcher (1909-1994) a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives. Natcher has been instrumental in building roads in Kentucky, especially its federal funding. The William H. Natcher Parkway, which ends in Owensboro, is also named after him.
With 5,800 vehicles per day, the bridge is not intensively used.