mobilene Posted October 19, 2008 Report Share Posted October 19, 2008 I went out yesterday and drove Indiana State Road 42 end to end. It runs from Mooresville (a southwest Indianapolis suburb) to Terre Haute. More about 42 another day. I am very familiar with the segment between Terre Haute and the I-70 exit near Brazil, IN, which is one county east, because when I lived in Terre Haute I used to drive it for fun. I was mapping out my SR 42 jaunt when I noticed a short bit of abandoned road along that segment I was so familiar with. I had never noticed it while driving the road. Click the link below to see it. Abandoned Segment-ette It seems that at one time there was a fork here. I looked it up in one of my 1920s maps. The link below shows the area zoomed out a bit for context. My 1920s map suggests that what is labeled Sugar Grove Dr. used to go all the way into Terre Haute (it is interrupted by an airport today) and then crossed the creek and flowed into what is now SR 42. The Bloomington Road forked south at about this point. But later, maybe because of the airport, the road was rebuilt to swing northeast. It looks like the fork was maintained for a while but later, as what is now SR 42 became the more important road, the fork was rebuilt so you had to make a hard right turn and a quick curve onto the Bloomington Road. I am guessing that 42 became the important road because, just to the south, SR 46 became the better way between Terre Haute and Bloomington. Indeed, the Bloomington Road itself shortly meets, and then follows, SR 46 the rest of the way to Bloomington. Adding insult to injury to this poor road, when I-70 went in an overpass was not built. You can detour over I-70 on Tabertown Rd. and then get back on the Bloomington Road, though. Bloomington Road ANYway, I stopped here to look, and lo and behold, there it was: the remnants of the fork built when what is now SR 42 was moved to swing northwest. Here are some photos; click to see larger. First two photos are eastbound, the third is westbound. Notice the bridge next to my car. I wonder if there were once twin bridges here, one for each side of the fork. jim Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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