CONNECTING ROUTES

BETWEEN ROADS FORMERLY
CONNECTED TO INDIANA 37
AND THE NEW INTERSTATE 69

The conversion of Indiana 37 into Interstate 69 has caused the disconnection of several roads in the Bloomington Indiana area. This list is based on the finished project:

  1. The Indiana 37 intersection with Crossover Road and Chambers Pike is replaced by an overpass
  2. The Sample Road intersection at Indiana 37 is a 3-quadrant partial cloverleaf (parclo) interchange with roundabouts.
  3. All other Monroe County roads north of the College Avenue interchange are connected by new frontage roads to the roads listed above.
  4. The southern Kinser Pike intersection at Indiana 37 is replaced by an overpass.
  5. All other roads between the College Avenue interchange and the Indiana 45 / 46 interchange will be closed and stubbed off.
  6. The Vernal Pike intersection at Indiana 37 is permanently closed.
  7. The western leg of Vernal Pike is connected by an overpass to 17th Street on the east.
  8. The eastern leg of Vernal Pike is renamed Fountain Drive.
  9. The eastern leg of Vernal Pike (renamed Fountain Drive) is stubbed off.
  10. The eastern leg of Vernal Pike (renamed Fountain Drive) connects to 17th Street through Crescent Road (already existed).
  11. The Whitehall Crossing Boulevard ramps at Indiana 37 are permanently closed.
  12. All Whitehall Crossing Boulevard connections to Indiana 37 are made at 3rd Street.
  13. The 3rd Street (Indiana 48 - Whitehall Pike) Interchange will have ramp lanes and pedestrian walkways added.
  14. The 2nd Street (Indiana 45 - Bloomfield Road) interchanges will have ramp lanes, turn lanes, and pedestrian walkways added.
  15. The Tapp Road intersection at Indiana 37 is a diamond interchange with roundabouts (a raindrop interchange).
  16. The Fullerton Pike intersection at Indiana 37 is 2-quadrant partial cloverleaf (parclo) interchange with roundabouts.
  17. The Rockport Road intersection at Indiana 37 is replaced by an overpass.
  18. The That Road intersection at Indiana 37 is permanently closed.
  19. The portion of That Road west of 37 is renamed Shaw Road.
  20. The western leg of That Road (renamed Shaw Road) is stubbed off.
  21. The eastern leg of That Road is connected to Rockport Road near the overpass.
  22. Shaw Road (the western leg of That Road) intersects Rockport Road (already existed).

In many cases, the closest route to take is not obvious. These maps show the best alternate routes for drivers who used to use these roads. The column labeled "DISTANCE INCREASE" shows how much farther the driver must drive to use that connecting route:

VERNAL PIKE / FOUNTAIN DRIVE
Key:
  •       Interchange ramps
  •       IN 45 / IN 46
  •       Crescent Rd
  •       11th St
  •       17th St
  •       Vernal Pk (W of I-69)
  •       Fountain Dr (E of I-69)
  •       Curry Pk
  •       Walnut St / College Av
  •       I-69 / IN 37
  •       IN 48 / 3rd St
  •       Kinser Pk / Rogers St
  •       Adams St
  •       Whitehall Crossing Bv
  •       Gates Dr

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Monroe County has voted to
rename the eastern part of
Vernal Pk. to be Fountain Dr.

vernal Pike Connections
ROAD 1ROUTEROAD 2DISTANCE
INCREASE
Vernal Pike (W @ Industrial Dr) ↔ Crescent Rd ↔ Fountain Drive (FKA Vernal Pike E @ 11th St)-0.1 mi (shorter)
Vernal Pike (W @ Industrial Dr) ↔ Curry Pk ↔ 3rd St ↔ IN 37 (S @ IRR Bridge)1.2 mi
Vernal Pike (W @ Curry Pk) ↔ Curry Pk ↔ 3rd St ↔ IN 37 (S @ IRR Bridge)-0.9 mi (shorter)
Vernal Pike (W @ Industrial Dr) ↔ Curry Pk ↔ IN 46 ↔ IN 37 (N @ Arlington Bridge)2.7 mi
Vernal Pike (W @ Curry Pk) ↔ Curry Pk ↔ IN 46 ↔ IN 37 (N @ Arlington Bridge)0.5 mi
Fountain Drive (FKA Vernal Pike E @ 11th St) ↔ Adams St ↔ 3rd St ↔ IN 37 (S @ IRR Bridge)0.5 mi
Fountain Drive (FKA Vernal Pike E @ 11th St) ↔ Crescent Rd ↔ Vernal Pk ↔ Curry Pk ↔ 3rd St ↔ IN 37 (S @ IRR Bridge)1.7 mi
Fountain Drive (FKA Vernal Pike E @ 11th St) ↔ Crescent Rd ↔ 17th St ↔ Kinser Pk ↔ IN 46 ↔ IN 37 (S @ Arlington Bridge)1.3 mi
Fountain Drive (FKA Vernal Pike E @ 11th St) ↔ Adams St ↔ 3rd St ↔ IN 37 (S @ Arlington Bridge)2.5 mi
 
WHITEHALL CROSSING BOULEVARD
ROAD 1ROUTEROAD 2DISTANCE
INCREASE
IN 37 (Southbound @ IN 45 merge) (Original is one way) → 3rd St → Gates Dr → Whitehall Crossing Bv (@ Gates Dr)1.1 mi
Whitehall Crossing Bv (@ Gates Dr) (Original is one way) → Gates Dr → 3rd St → IN 37 (Southbound @ IRR Bridge)0.0 mi
 
ROCKPORT ROAD / THAT ROAD / SHAW ROAD
Key:
  •       Interchange ramps
  •       That Rd (E of I-69)
  •       Shaw Rd (W of I-69)
  •       Fullerton Pk
  •       Rockport Rd
  •       I-69 / IN 37
  •       Monroe Medical Park Bv

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Monroe County has voted to
rename the western part of
That Rd to be Shaw Rd.

Rockport Rd/That Rd/Shaw Rd Connections
ROAD 1ROUTEROAD 2DISTANCE
INCREASE
Shaw Rd (FKA That Rd W @ Rockport Rd) ↔ Rockport Rd ↔ That Rd (E @ Roy Bailey Dr)0.2 mi
Shaw Rd (FKA That Rd W @ Southeast Ln) ↔ Rockport Rd ↔ That Rd (E @ Roy Bailey Dr)0.7 mi
That Rd (E @ Roy Bailey Dr) ↔ Rockport Rd ↔ Fullerton Pk ↔ IN 37 (S @ I-69 Bridge)1.6 mi
That Rd (E @ Roy Bailey Dr) ↔ Rockport Rd ↔ Shaw Rd ↔ Monroe Medical Park Bv ↔ Fullerton ↔ IN 37 (S @ I-69 Bridge)1.9 mi
That Rd (E @ Roy Bailey Dr) ↔ Rockport Rd ↔ Fullerton Pk ↔ IN 37 (N @ Tapp Rd)0.4 mi
That Rd (E @ Roy Bailey Dr) ↔ Rockport Rd ↔ Shaw Rd ↔ Monroe Medical Park Bv ↔ Fullerton ↔ IN 37 (N @ Tapp Rd)0.8 mi
Shaw Rd (FKA That Rd W @ Southeast Ln) ↔ Monroe Medical Park Bv ↔ Fullerton ↔ IN 37 (S @ I-69 Bridge)1.6 mi
Shaw Rd (FKA That Rd W @ Southeast Ln) ↔ Rockport Rd ↔ Fullerton Pk ↔ IN 37 (S @ I-69 Bridge)1.9 mi
Shaw Rd (FKA That Rd W @ Southeast Ln) ↔ Monroe Medical Park Bv ↔ Fullerton ↔ IN 37 (N @ Tapp Rd)0.4 mi
Shaw Rd (FKA That Rd W @ Southeast Ln) ↔ Rockport Rd ↔ Fullerton Pk ↔ IN 37 (N @ Tapp Rd)0.7 mi
Shaw Rd (FKA That Rd W @ Rockport Rd) ↔ Monroe Medical Park Bv ↔ Fullerton ↔ IN 37 (S @ I-69 Bridge)1.1 mi
Shaw Rd (FKA That Rd W @ Rockport Rd) ↔ Rockport Rd ↔ Fullerton Pk ↔ IN 37 (S @ I-69 Bridge)1.5 mi
Shaw Rd (FKA That Rd W @ Rockport Rd) ↔ Monroe Medical Park Bv ↔ Fullerton ↔ IN 37 (N @ Tapp Rd)0.1 mi
Shaw Rd (FKA That Rd W @ Rockport Rd) ↔ Rockport Rd ↔ Fullerton Pk ↔ IN 37 (N @ Tapp Rd)0.5 mi
 
VERNAL PIKE / FOUNTAIN DRIVE - LARGE MAP
Key:
  •       Interchange ramps
  •       IN 45 / IN 46
  •       Crescent Rd
  •       11th St
  •       17th St
  •       Vernal Pk (W of I-69)
  •       Fountain Dr (E of I-69)
  •       Curry Pk
  •       Walnut St / College Av
  •       I-69 / IN 37
  •       IN 48 / 3rd St
  •       Kinser Pk / Rogers St
  •       Adams St
  •       Whitehall Crossing Bv
  •       Gates Dr

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Monroe County has voted to
rename the eastern part of
Vernal Pk. to be Fountain Dr.

vernal Pike Connections
 
ROCKPORT ROAD / THAT ROAD / SHAW ROAD - LARGE MAP
Key:
  •       Interchange ramps
  •       That Rd (E of I-69)
  •       Shaw Rd (W of I-69)
  •       Fullerton Pk
  •       Rockport Rd
  •       I-69 / IN 37
  •       Monroe Medical Park Bv

___________________________________

Monroe County has voted to
rename the western part of
That Rd to be Shaw Rd.

Rockport Rd/That Rd/Shaw Rs Connections
 
NOTES ON THE CHANGES
  1. All traffic that used to connect between Kinser Pike and IN 37 must now use the intersection with the IN 45 / 46 bypass and the IN 46 interchange with I-69 / IN 37.
  2. The connection to replace the removed portion of Vernal Pike is shorter than the old road. But connecting routes between Vernal Pike and I-69 / IN 37 are rather long, with all of them being at least half a mile longer and some approaching 2 miles longer.
  3. There are two connections to the Whitehall Crossing Shopping Center: Gates Drive and Jonathan Drive. But all connections to Indiana 37 are shorter using Gates Drive and Third Street.
  4. The connection to replace the removed portion of That Road and Shaw Road is short. But the connecting routes between That Road or Shaw Road and I-69 / IN 37 are longer, especially for traffic to and from the south.
 

How That Road got its Name

That Road Visitors and new residents always ask the question, "Why do you have a road named 'That Road' here?" The name conjures up the thought of an Abbott & Costello skit.

Here is the story of That Road:

Originally most of the county roads had Rural Route designations with the US Post Office. In addition people had various informal names for roads. But in 1954, the Post Office required all US counties to name all of their roads.

Most counties with rectangular grids just named the roads with numbers which are 100 times the number of miles the road is from the most important road running in the same direction. For example, the north-south road 2 miles east of the main north-south road would be named 200 E (note that moving the alignment of the major road later does not change the road names). A few of these were misunderstood (a mapmaker once accidently labeled 600 N as "Goon Road").

In counties with hilly terrain, this did not work. Very few roads run straight north and south or east and west. So the roads had to have names other than numbers. Monroe County is one of these counties. So in 1954, the County Commissioners had a meeting to name all of the roads. They named many of the roads according to the informal names people used, where the road goes, or the name of a prominent person living on the road. In some cases, they misunderstood the informal name of the road ("Hartstrait Road" for what was called the "hard straight road").

Originally people informally referred to three roads that came together at one point as "Victor Pike", because they were the way to go to Victor. Since the Post Office rules required that only one length of road could have a given name, they had to come up with a new name for at least one of the roads that merged to form Victor Pike. Since the road going to Victor met the other legs as the stem of a T-intersection, they decided that both of the other legs needed the new name.

One commissioner kept getting confused about which road was which. They kept having to point roads out to him on the map (after which he usually said, "Oh! That road!"). He said that about the road leading to the beginning of Victor Pike more than for any other road.

A game was coming up, and the commissioners wanted to end the meeting so they would not miss the game. So they named the road "That Road" and adjourned.


Note that, at the time the roads were named, IN 37 was nowhere near That Road or Vernal Pike. It went down Walnut Street, Walnut Street Pike, and what is now Fairfax Road.

Note that, until Monroe Hospital was built, That Road ended at Fullerton Pike. When Monroe Hospital was built, the end of That Road was replaced with Monroe Medical Park Boulevard, and That Road then ended at Monroe Medical Park Boulevard at a tee intersection. (Maybe the owner of Monroe Hospital did not want his hospital's address to be on That Road.) Now that the western end was renamed Shaw Road, That Road ends at Rockport Road.

 
ROCKPORT ROAD / THAT ROAD / SHAW ROAD - CONSTRUCTION
Key:
  •       That Rd (E of I-69)
  •       Shaw Rd (W of I-69)
  •       Fullerton Pk
  •       Rockport Rd
  •       I-69 / IN 37
  •       Monroe Medical Park Bv
  •       Interchange construction

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Rockport Rd/That Rd/Shaw Td Connections
  1. Fullerton Pike is completely closed to access with I-69 / IN 37 during the interchange construction.
  2. The completed Rockport Road overpass connects not only Rockport Road, but also provides full access between the two parts of Fullerton Pike and between That Road and Shaw Road.
  3. The soon-to-be-closed right-turn connections on That Road and Shaw Road will serve as temporary entrance and exit "ramps" until the Fullerton Pike interchange is finished.
  4. Once the Fullerton Pike interchange is operating, the connections between That Road, Shaw Road, and I-69 / IN 37 will be removed.
 
RENAMING ROADS DIVIDED BT I-69

The emergency dispatch and fire departments want one part of any road split into two parts to be renamed to prevent "confusion" in dispatching police, fire, and emergency vehicle calls.

But nobody seems to care about the confusion and expense this renaming causes to the people and businesses located on any section of road that is so renamed:

  1. Having to send out change of address notices to all contacts that need to know about the change.
  2. Having to pay for changes of address on driver's licenses.
  3. Changing telephone book entries and ads
  4. Having to replace stationery and address labels.
  5. In some cases, a business name containing the road name must be changed.
  6. References in professional journals and locating services must be changed.
  7. Signs on the sides of vehicles
  8. Advertising signs and billboards
  9. Websites

Since government is causing the expense, government should pay the expense of making these changes.

The following roads need some kind of renaming as a result of the I-69 splitting the road in two:

  • That Road (The west end of it is already renamed to Shaw Road.)
  • Vernal Pike (The east end of it is now renamed Fountain Drive.)
  • Acuff Road
  • Wylie Road
  • Sparks Lane
  • Bryant's Creek Road
  • Pine Boulevard

Vernal Pike presented an interesting problem, because the resulting road layout has a three-way intersection with all three roads being Vernal Pike. But there were several problems with any possible naming scheme:

  • Renaming the entire portion of Vernal Pike east of I-69 changes dozens of addresses for street name.
  • Renaming the entire portion of Vernal Pike west of I-69 changes even more dozens of addresses for street name.
  • Renaming Crescent Road to Vernal Pike can create duplicate house numbers and block numbering on Vernal Pike unless house numbers on Crescent Road are changed.
  • If house numbers are changed on Crescent Road, then the new house numbers and block numbering on Crescent Road (if renamed Vernal Pike) will duplicate old house numbers and block numbering on the old portion of Vernal Pike (renamed something else) between Indiana 37 and Crescent Road.
  • A new name will be needed for the old portion of Vernal Pike between Indiana 37 and Crescent Road if any plan but the renaming of the west part of Vernal Pike is adopted. The page author suggests extending the name of Nuckles Road.

What they did was rename the eastern part of Vernal Pike to be Fountain Drive.

Two more logistics problems have surfaced:

  1. The State Police Post was moved from the IN 45 / 46 bypass at Fee Lane when the bypass was widened to 4 lanes. It was put on Packinghouse Road to have close access to the state highway system. But Packinghouse Road is now 1.3 to 2.7 miles away from the state highway system (depending on direction).
  2. The Indiana State Highway Garage on Prow Road was formerly just a small distance (less than a mile) from both Indiana 46 and Indiana 37. Now it has been disconnected from both highways. The shortest distance for big trucks (not using residential roads) is over 2 miles to IN 46 and is nearly 4 miles to IN 37.

Both installations may have to be moved.

 

The I-69 Debate

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