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Interstate 265 or I -265 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Indiana. The freeway is part of the beltway of the city of Louisville, Kentucky. Interstate 265 in Kentucky makes up the rest of the beltway. The route in Indiana is 20 kilometers long.
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I-265 at the western start point at New Albany.
I-265 begins west of New Albany at an interchange with Interstate 64 and then runs 2×2 lanes around New Albany, Clarksville, and Jeffersonville, three towns on the north bank of the Ohio River that are part of the Louisville metropolitan area. North of Clarksville, a clover turbine connects with Interstate 65, followed by a complex connection with SR-62 and Port Road at the Watson suburb. To the east, it descends into the Ohio River valley, after which I-265 crosses the Ohio River via the Lewis and Clark Bridge. Interstate 265 in Kentucky then forms the part of the beltway on the other side of the Ohio River in Kentucky.
The link between I-64 and I-65 around New Albany and Clarksville opened in 1977. In 1995, an extension to State Route 62 opened at Watson, but it was numbered as State Route 265 for a long time .
For a long time, the connection over the Ohio River on the border between Kentucky and Indiana was missing. Since Louisville also did not have a bridge over the Ohio River west of the city, the beltway was cut into two parts of little interest for through traffic and circular traffic around the metropolitan area. The only bridges over the Ohio River were near downtown Louisville.
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The missing section of I-265 was 9 kilometers long, including 4 kilometers in Kentucky and 5 kilometers in Indiana. The missing part was constructed between 2013 and 2016. The Lewis and Clark Bridge opened to traffic on December 18, 2016, completing I-265 on the east side of Louisville.
|Exit 0 I-64||Exit 7 I-65||11 km||00-00-1977|
|Exit 7 I-65||Exit 10 Charlestown||5 km||00-00-1995|
|Exit 10 Charlestown||Kentucky state line||6 km||18-12-2016|
There are no concrete plans to build I-265 west of Louisville as well. This part of the route would be almost entirely in Indiana.
I-265 is largely toll-free, but the Lewis and Clark Bridge is a toll road with electronic toll collection.
Every day, 62,000 to 68,000 vehicles drive between I-64 and I-65 and 28,000 vehicles east of I-65, dropping to 13,000 vehicles on the Ohio River bridge.
Indiana Toll Road
The Indiana Toll Road is a toll road in the United States, located in the state of Indiana. The toll road largely doubles Interstate 80 with Interstate 90 and forms an east-west route through the north of the state, connecting the Chicago metropolitan area with the state of Ohio and the Ohio Turnpike. The Indiana Toll Road is 252 kilometers long.
- Interstate 80 between Lake Station and the Ohio border
- Interstate 90 between the Illinois border and the Ohio border
The Indiana Toll Road near South Bend.
The Indiana Toll Road begins on the Illinois state border as a continuation of the Chicago Skyway. The highway runs in 2×2 lanes through the southeastern suburbs of Chicago, primarily the industrial cities of Gary, Hammond and East Chicago. One crosses State Route 912 twice. On the east side of Gary, Interstate 65 ends at the toll road. Shortly after, there is an interchange with Interstate 94, east of this point both I-80 and I-90 run on Indiana Toll Road.
The Indiana Toll Road then curves slightly northeast to run close to the Michigan border. The toll road has 2×2 lanes and passes the towns of South Bend and Elkhart. An important interchange is with US 31 at South Bend. The Indiana Toll Road leads through rolling countryside with many prairies and scattered forests. In northeastern Indiana, the toll road runs just 0.2 miles from the Michigan border. North of Angola it follows an interchange with Interstate 69. After this, the Indiana Toll Road curves slightly southeast and follows the Ohio state border, from where the Ohio Turnpike continues toward Toledo andCleveland.
The Indiana Toll Road toll fee is $10.20 cash for the entire route. E-ZPass users pay a reduced fare of $4.65 in 2016. This makes the Indiana Toll Road one of the cheapest toll roads in the United States.
Like many toll roads in that region at the time, the highway was completed over large stretches in a short period of time. It opened in stages from August to November 1956. There were 4 variants at the time, with the current route being the northernmost variant. The highway runs very close to the Michigan border, never more than 15 miles, but only 200 yards in places. Originally the intention was to have part of the road numbered I-94, in the Chicago metropolitan area. To avoid confusion with other highways, I-94 is then double-numbered with I-80, running southerly than I-90, which is an anomaly in the numbering system.
In 2006, the Indiana Toll Road was privatized, and a 75-year lease was sold for $3.8 billion to the Indiana Toll Road Concession Company. Toll revenues lagged due to the recession and the company was unable to meet its obligations and filed for bankruptcy on September 22, 2014. The main problem of lagging toll revenues was that it was originally foreseen that only users of the i-zoom transponder would receive a discount. I-zoom is the transponder of the Indiana Toll Road. However, in 2009 it became compatible with the much larger E-ZPass, as a result of which a much larger proportion of users traveled on the toll road at a reduced rate. As a result, toll revenues were tens of percent lower than expected, as the toll rate with an E-ZPass is less than half the cash toll rate.
The Indiana Toll Road has a relatively low maintenance level compared to toll roads in Europe. In 2016-2017, a complete reconstruction of the road surface from Portage to Elkhart over 110 kilometers was carried out for $200 million.