State Road 49
Route information
Maintained by INDOT
Length44.385 mi[2] (71.431 km)
ExistedOctober 1, 1926[1]–present
Major junctions
South end SR 14 in Jasper County
  US 30 in Valpariso
US 6
I-80 / I-90 / Indiana Toll Road near Chesterton
I-94 near Chesterton
US 20 in Porter
US 12 in Porter
North endIndiana Dunes State Park
Highway system
Indiana 48.svg SR 48US 50.svg US 50

State Road 49 (SR 49) is a 44.15-mile (71.05 km), north–south state highway in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Indiana. Its northern terminus is at an intersection with U.S. Route 12 (Dunes Highway) in Porter near the entrance to Indiana Dunes State Park. The southern terminus is a rural intersection with State Road 14 in Barkley Township at Lewiston, 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Rensselaer.

Route description

The southern terminus of SR 49 is in Barkey Township at State Road 14 (SR 14), the site of the former town of Lewiston. SR 49 heads north, passing through Wheatfield and Kouts. At the southern border of Valparaiso, SR 49 becomes a four-lane divided highway and has interchanges with U.S. Route 30 and SR 2. Between Valparaiso and Chesterton, SR 49 has interchanges with U.S. Route 6 and Interstate 80/Interstate 90/Indiana Toll Road. In Chesterton, SR 49 has an interchange with Interstate 94 before passing into Porter, where it has an interchange with U.S. Route 20. North of the interchange with US 20, the road is again and two-lane road to its northern terminus at the intersection with U.S. Route 12.[3]

History

Before 1926, SR 49 was a named Liberty Way from Kouts to Valparaiso, it was a named state route. After 1926, SR 49 was a two-lane highway from Valparaiso to Chesterton, known as "Old State Road 49". When the Valparaiso Bypass was completed the old route was decommissioned and turned over to the City of Valparaiso, the City of Chesterton, and Porter County.

Major intersections

Northbound, approaching US 6 in Porter County
Northbound, approaching US 6 in Porter County
CountyLocationmi[2]kmDestinationsNotes
JasperBarkley Township0.0000.000 SR 14 – WinamacSouthern terminus;
Wheatfield11.00917.717 SR 10 – San Pierre, De Motte
PorterKouts20.44232.898 SR 8 – La Crosse, Hebron
Valparaiso29.78247.929 US 30 / SR 2 west – Plymouth, ValparaisoInterchange; Southern end of SR-2 concurrency
30.91249.748 SR 2 east – La Porte, ValparaisoInterchange; Northern end of SR-2 concurrency
32.53252.355Vale Park Road/CR 400 NInterchange
Liberty Township36.63258.953 US 6 – Westville, PortageInterchange
39.13962.988 I-80 / I-90 / Indiana Toll Road – Chicago, ToledoIndiana Toll Road; exit 31
Chesterton42.22367.951 I-94 – Chicago, DetroitI-94 exit 26; Interchange
Porter42.98369.174 US 20 – Michigan City, Gary
43.76270.428 US 12 / LMCT – Indiana Dunes National Park, steel mills
44.38571.431Indiana Dunes State ParkNorthern terminus;
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also

References

  1. ^ "Road Numbers to Be Changed". The Hancock-Democrat. The Indianapolis News. September 30, 1926. Retrieved June 9, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  2. ^ a b Indiana Department of Transportation (July 2016). Reference Post Book (PDF). Indianapolis: Indiana Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  3. ^ Google (October 25, 2018). "Overview map of SR 49" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved October 25, 2018.

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