My first real post on this blog. I’ll post from time to time and intermittently, but I will have something interesting for all to see.
Our first stop is the Indiana Toll Road. Originally built in the mid 1950s, these photographs are from a brochure about the Toll Road published not long after the road was built.
The Sign of Pleasant Motoring, the Indiana East-West Toll Road. This is the cover of the brochure showing the Toll Road at the Gary West Interchange, at the time, Exit 1A (later Exit 2, then Exit 13, now Exit 14A).
The top is the Toll Road in St Joseph County, and the bottom is the Toll Road at the Gary East Interchange, at the time, Exit 2 (later Exit 17). The speed limits according to the brochure were 65 mph for cars and 55 mph for trucks. Now, the Toll Road east of the Willowcreek Barrier is 70 mph for cars and 65 mph for trucks. How times have changed.
The Toll Road passing through the Michigan City Interchange, at the time, Exit 3 (later Exit 39). The Toll Road has not changed much since the 1950s in this section. In fact, the major changes have been the elimination of three sets of snack bars and gas stations (Service Areas 2, 4, and 6), and the addition of several interchanges. Currently, the Toll Road is undergoing its most major changes yet in Lake County, the addition of a third lane in each direction.
The Toll Road at the LaPorte Interchange, at the time, Exit 4 (later Exit 49). The scene has not changed much since the 1950s here.
We’ll leave the Toll Road where we began, in Lake County. This is the Hammond Interchange, aka the Westpoint Barrier, at the time, Exit 1 (later Exit 5). The Westpoint Barrier was where one left the ticket system and went east to Exit 0 and the Calumet (now Chicago) Skyway Toll Bridge. Note the original signage for the Toll Road in the photograph. Straight ahead is “Chicago and West”, and the exit is for “Hammond, US-41” (with US-41 in a shield).