Interstate 70 in Indiana


Get started Terre Hautea
End Richmond
Length 158 mi
Length 252 km
Illinois1 West Terre Hautea

3 West Terre Haute

Wabash River

7 Terre Haute

11 East Terre Haute

23 Brazil

37 Lieber State Rec. Area

41 Cloverdale

51 Stilesville

59 Monrovia

66 Plainfield

68 Indianapolis International Airport

73 → Indianapolis Beltway

75-91: Indianapolis

75 Sam Jones Expressway

77 Holt Road

78 Harding Street

79 Downtown Indianapolis

80 → Louisville

81 Washington Street

82 Michigan Street

83 → Chicago

85 Keystone Avenue

87 Emerson Avenue

89 Shadeland Avenue

90 → Indianapolis Beltway

91 Post Road

96 Indianapolis Regional Airport

104 Greenfield

115 Knightstown

123 Spiceland

131 Dublin

137 Cambridge City

145 Centerville

149 Richmond

151 Richmond

153 Richmond

156 Richmond


Interstate 70 or I -70 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of Indiana. The highway forms an east-west route in the central part of the state, passing through the state capital, Indianapolis. The highway is 252 kilometers long.

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Travel directions

I-70 at Richmond in Eastern Indiana.

Western Indiana

Just west of the town of Terre Haute, Interstate 70 in Illinois crosses the border into Indiana from St. Louis. At the town of Terre Haute one crosses the Wabash River and crosses US 41. The US 40 runs parallel to I-70 for a short distance here, both roads have 2×2 lanes. A 100-kilometer stretch then follows to the Indianapolis region. I-70 leads here through sloping to flat terrain with partly quite a lot of forest. Near Greencastle you cross the US 231. I-70 has 2×2 lanes all the way to the edge of the Indianapolis metropolitan area.

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I-70 then traverses the metropolitan area of ​​the state capital Indianapolis. The highway is rapidly widening here, with 2×3 lanes on the edge of the urban area to up to 15 lanes near the airport in the west of the city. It then crosses Interstate 465, which forms the Indianapolis ring road. I-70 then counts 2×3 lanes to downtown Indianapolis. At the center one crosses the White River, after which there is a short double numbering with Interstate 65 along the east side of Downtown Indianapolis. This part has 2×4 lanes. I-70 also has 2×4 lanes until the eastern interchange with I-465, then the highway has 2×3 lanes until just outside Indianapolis.

Eastern Indiana

There is then another 100 kilometer stretch to the Ohio border. Here, US 40 runs mostly south of I-70, also with 2×2 lanes. The highway leads through flat agricultural land with meadows and little afforestation. Also, no larger rivers are crossed here. The highway goes around the town of Richmond, where it crosses US 27, after which the border with Ohio follows. Interstate 70 in Ohio then continues toward Columbus.


The predecessor of I-70 was the US 40, which before 1960 already had 2×2 lanes throughout almost the entire state. The first section of I-70 to go under construction was the bypass of the eastern town of Richmond, which opened circa 1961. By 1965, it was already possible to bypass Indianapolis via I-465 along the south side of the city. The next major opening was the Terre Haute bypass, circa 1966/1967. In the late 1960s, construction progressed significantly, opening large portions west and east of Indianapolis, and by 1970, I-70 outside Indianapolis was complete. This made I-70 the second Interstate Highway in Indiana to open all rural routes, after I-74. Indianapolis’ entire urban highway network was built last, along with I-65. This section opened in 1976, completing both I-65 and I-70.

Opening history

from nasty length date
Exit 145 Centerville Exit 156 Richmond (US 40) 17 km 00-00-1961
Exit 137 Cambridge City Exit 145 Centerville 13 km 00-00-1963
Exit 123 Spiceland Exit 137 Cambridge City 23 km 00-00-1966
Illinois state line Exit 11 Terre Haute 19 km 00-00-1966
Exit 156 Richmond (US 40) Indiana state line 1 km 00-00-1966
Exit 37 Putnamville Exit 41 Cloverdale (US 231) 6 km 00-00-1968
Exit 104 Greenfield Exit 123 Spiceland 31 km 00-00-1968
Exit 41 Cloverdale (US 231) Exit 73 I-465 51 km 00-00-1969
Exit 89 Shadeland Avenue, Indianapolis Exit 104 Greenfield 24 km 00-00-1969
Exit 11 Terre Haute Exit 37 Putnamville 42 km 00-00-1970
Exit 73 I-465 Exit 77 Holt Road, Indianapolis 6 km 00-00-1970
Exit 77 Holt Road, Indianapolis Exit 89 Shadeland Avenue, Indianapolis 19 km 00-00-1976


The 2×3 lane portions of the urban core of Indianapolis were constructed directly like this in 1976.

Due to the construction of a new terminal at Indianapolis Airport, I-70 has been realigned west of I-465 with a parallel structure. This was constructed in the period 2003-2004. The highway here has been drastically widened from 2×3 to 14 lanes (4+3+3+4).

In 2012, a six-mile section of I-70 on the east side of Indianapolis was widened to 2×3 lanes.

Traffic intensities

Some 22,600 vehicles cross the Illinois border every day. Towards Indianapolis, it only ramps up just before the city, with 66,500 vehicles for the beltway. 97,000 vehicles drive south of the center, the double numbering with I-65 is the busiest with 162,900 vehicles per day. There are 127,700 vehicles in the east of the city, and 52,000 after the ring road. Towards Richmond, volumes are around 30,000 vehicles, with 28,400 crossing the Ohio border daily.

Interstate 70 in Indiana