US 40 and the National Road in Western Indiana

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Washington Street Bridge

In the past few years, US 40 was routed around Indianapolis on I-465, just as US 421, US 31, and US 52 have been. I can understand how the state doesn't want to maintain roads that have become primarily local, but it's sad not to see shields along these routes anymore.

As you head west on Washington Street, the road curves sharply around White River State Park, which contains the Indianapolis Zoo and other attractions. In earlier days, Washington Street, US 40, and the National Road went straight through what is now the park -- and the bridge over the White River is still there, as the map shows. You can see the bridge from Washington Street as you drive toward it. Unfortunately, on this day Downtown was busy with Indiana Black Expo and a music festival that kept us from entering the park, or even stopping on Washington Street, to take photos.

As you can see, Windows Live Local, from which I got this map, still shows US 40 as running through town.

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Created July 2006. Last update 26 May 2007.
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