I-465 connects the city

Patrick McPherson

Interstate 465, which wraps around all of Indianapolis, allows for easy access to the whole city. Interstate 465, also known as just 465, has a very famous nickname of USS Indianapolis Memorial Highway.

465 is a rectangular shape and approximately stretches 53 miles. All 53 miles lie within the Marion County lines, except for a tiny bit stretching in both Boone and Hamilton County. This allows for easy access to almost the whole county. Highways I-65, I-69, I-70, and I-74 all connect to 465 which allows for travel to the whole state, north and south, to be a lot easier.

465 began construction in early 1959, which means that the interstate has been around for almost 75 years, and has been making travel much easier. 465 was finally finished in 1970, after 11 years of construction. The first section to be completed was the west leg near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Today, 465 is under a lot of construction. Construction started on August 5, where they closed the on-ramp from Allisonville to I-465 eastbound. This on-ramp will be closed until 2024. Also on 465, they added an express lane stretching from Binford Blvd. all the way to Keystone. This lane allows for people to drive one way without worrying about people getting on and off. The one downside to going into the expresslane is that if you’re on it, you cannot get off it.

465 allows for easy access to almost all of Indianapolis and more. I am excited to see it after the construction is finished.

Keystone Avenue provides easy access to food and Carmel – September 29

Keystone, one of the most popular roads in the state, is also one of my favorites. Not only does it have many of my favorite food places on it, it also is very efficient and easy to drive on. 

Keystone has many of my favorite things to do on it and many of my favorite fast food places! It has multiple places I enjoy like Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s and Dairy Queen. Keystone is also getting a new favorite restaurant of mine, Culver’s. Culver’s will be a great addition to the already amazing fast food selection on Keystone. I cannot wait to get a Culver’s mint malt on Keystone. Keystone connects to Clay Terrace in Carmel, and I work in that mall. Keystone allows me easy access to work.

Keystone has been around for many years, with the construction being completed in 1967. This allows for many generations to have easy access from north to south all over the state. Keystone is a 20-mile-long avenue that connects parts of Carmel all the way down to Beech Grove. 

The north end of Keystone connects to the highway US-31, allowing easy access to the highway as well. To get here, you go through Carmel, which recently updated their part of Keystone into Keystone Parkway. Keystone Parkway is very different, with no stop lights, and instead tunnels and round-abouts on top. This allows for one to get all the way to Clay Terrace from NC with few traffic lights. 

One bit of criticism I have about Keystone is the slow speed limit for no reason. 40 in Indianapolis, even down to 35 past 71st Street. It speeds up a little when it turns into Keystone Parkway, up to 50, but this still feels slow for a two or three lane road like Keystone. Keystone is still one of my favorite roads!