Interstate 74 in Indiana

This article is about the section of Interstate 74 in Indiana. For the entire route, see Interstate 74.

Interstate 74 marker

Interstate 74
Route information
Maintained by Indiana DOT
Length: 171.54 mi[1] (276.07 km)
Existed: 1960[2] – present
Major junctions
West end: I-74 at Illinois state line
  I-465 in Indianapolis
I-70 in Indianapolis
I-65 in Indianapolis
I-465 in Indianapolis
East end: I-74 / US 52 at Ohio state line
Highway system
SR 71SR 75

In the U.S. state of Indiana, Interstate 74 (I-74) traverses central parts of the state from west to east. It connects Champaign, Illinois with Indianapolis in the center of the state, and Indianapolis with Cincinnati, Ohio . Interstate 74 covers 171.54 miles (276.07 km) in the state of Indiana, a portion of which is concurrently routed along the southern and western legs of Interstate 465.

Route description

The Indiana portion of Interstate 74 begins on the Illinois border near Danville, Illinois and travels east. Shortly into Indiana, the interstate crosses the Wabash River near Covington. I-74 continues east where it passes over US 136 and intersects US 41 at Veedersburg about 15 miles east of the Illinois border. 19 miles later, the interstate intersects US 231 providing access to Crawfordsville to the south. I-74 runs nearly parallel to US 136 from the Illinois border until US 136 terminates at Interstate 465.

Once I-74 reaches Indianapolis it continues south, overlapping I-465. I-74 runs concurrent with I-465 on I-465's western and southern segments. (The exits of this concurrency are numbered as if it were part of I-465 only.) It also overlaps with US 31, US 36, US 40, US 52, and several state highways, for varying lengths of its route around Indianapolis. I-74 also crosses the White River and passes by the Indianapolis International Airport on the southwest side of Indianapolis. Once I-74 reaches the southeast side of Indianapolis it diverges from I-465 and continues to the southeast. At this intersection, I-74 picks up US 421 from where it will run concurrent.

Outside of the Indianapolis area, I-74 continues southeast and runs past Shelbyville. Near the halfway point between Indianapolis and the Ohio border, I-74 runs through Greensburg. US-421 diverges and runs south through Greensburg. Continuing on east, I-74 runs parallel to State Route 46. Just west of the Ohio border, I-74 crosses the Whitewater River. It also intersects with and begins to overlap with US 52. The two then continue and cross into Ohio at Harrison.


Initial Construction

Like all Interstate highways in Indiana, I-74 was constructed in segments which, when all were complete, make up the route we know today. There were six segments in the western portion of the route between the Illinois border and I-465 in Speedway, and six more in the eastern portion connecting I-465 near Beech Grove to Ohio. The concurrent portions around Indianapolis on I-465, consisting of seven separate sections along the west and south legs of that beltway, became operational between December 21, 1961 and October 15, 1964. The eastern segments connecting Indianapolis and Cincinnati were also given a relatively high priority and were all completed and open by October 30, 1964.[3]

The first section of Interstate 74 to be built in Indiana was the portion from the Illinois state line east for just under 8 miles (13 km) to the Covington exit just beyond the Wabash River, which opened to traffic in December of 1960. The final 13.5-mile (21.7 km) segment, located in Fountain and Montgomery counties and also along the western portion of the route, was finished and opened on August 31, 1967, marking the full completion of I-74 in the state.[3]

Exit list

VermillionHighland Township0.000.00 I-74 west PeoriaIllinois state line
4.236.814 SR 63 Newport, Terre Haute
FountainCovington8.0112.898Stringtown Road Covington
Veedersburg15.4524.8615 US 41 Veedersburg, Attica, Chicago
MontgomeryWayne Township24.8840.0425 SR 25 Waynetown, Wingate
Crawfordsville33.8154.4134 US 231 Linden, Crawfordsville
39.2763.2039 SR 32 Lebanon, Crawfordsville
BooneJamestown51.9583.6152 SR 75 Jamestown, Advance
HendricksLizton57.5492.6058 SR 39 Lizton, Lebanon
Middle Township61.2198.5161Jeff Gordon Blvd  Pittsboro
Brownsburg65.82105.9366 SR 267 (Green Street) Brownsburg
68.78110.6968Ronald Reagan Parkway – Brownsburg, Clermont
MarionIndianapolis73.19117.7973, 16 I-465 north / US 136 (Crawfordsville Road)West end of I-465 overlap; signed as exits 73A (south) and 73B (north)
75.01120.721410th StreetSigned as exits 14A (east) and 14B (west)
76.05122.3913 US 36 west (Rockville Road)West end of US 36 overlap; signed as exits 13A (east) and 13B (west)
77.19124.2312 US 40 west (Washington Street)West end of US 40 overlap; signed as exits 12A (east) and 12B (west)
78.49126.3211Sam Jones ExpresswaySigned as exits 11A (east) and 11B (west)
79.64128.179 I-70 Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Indianapolis International Airport, St. Louis
80.45129.478 SR 67 south (Kentucky Avenue)West end of SR 67 overlap
81.63131.377Mann RoadWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
84.66136.254 SR 37 south / Harding StreetWest end of SR 37 overlap
86.76139.632 US 31 south / East StreetWest end of US 31 overlap; signed as exit 2A (north) and 2B (south)
88.96143.1753 I-65 Indianapolis, LouisvilleSigned as exit 53A (north) and 53B (south)
90.35145.4052Emerson Avenue
93.42150.3449, 94 I-465 north (US 31 north, US 36 east, US 40 east, US 421 north, SR 37 north, SR 67 north) / Southeastern AvenueEast end of I-465 / US 31 / US 36 / US 40 / SR 37 / SR 67 overlap; west end of US 421 overlap; signed as exits 94A (east) and 94B (west) eastbound
Wanamaker95.83154.2296Post Road - Wanamaker
Acton98.95159.2499Acton Road - Acton
ShelbyMoral Township100.94162.45101Pleasant View Road
Sugar Creek102.58165.09103County Road 700 (London Road)
Fairland109.32175.93109County Road 400 (Fairland Road)
Shelbyville112.74181.44113 SR 9 Shelbyville, Greenfield
115.45185.80116 SR 44 Rushville, Shelbyville
Liberty Township118.48190.68119 SR 244 Andersonville, Milroy
county line
township line
123.11198.13123County Road 800, Michigan Avenue Middletown, Saint Paul
DecaturGreensburg131.86212.21132 US 421 south (Michigan Avenue) / Overpass Road GreensburgEast end of US 421 overlap
133.96215.59134 SR 3 Greensburg, Rushville
New Point143.00230.14143County Road 850
No major junctions
county line
Batesville149.02239.82149 SR 229 Oldenburg, Batesville
RipleyAdams Township155.65250.49156 SR 101 south / St. Mary Road Sunman, Milan
DearbornSaint Leon163.45263.05164 SR 1 Saint Leon, Lawrenceburg
Harrison Township168.89271.80169 US 52 west Brookville, West HarrisonWest end of US 52 overlap
171.54276.07 I-74 east / US 52 east CincinnatiOhio state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. Federal Highway Administration (2002-10-31). "FHWA Route Log and Finder List: Table 1". Retrieved 2009-02-24.
  2. "Facts & Photos". Indiana Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  3. 1 2 Ripple, David Alan. "History of the Interstate System in Indiana", Purdue University, 1975.
  4. "INDOT Roadway Referencing System" (PDF). Indiana Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 10, 2012.
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