One of these days I’ll finish exploring Indiana’s State Road 37. So far, I’ve covered the section between Indianapolis and Bloomington, which has been a four-lane expressway for at least 40 years. The expressway created a beeline route between the two cities, but the two-lane road that preceded it meandered a bit on its way. Much of the old road remains, and a little of it has been abandoned.
As I explored a segment of the old road in Johnson County, I came upon a dirt mound blocking the way. I parked and walked the old road, and shortly came upon a gap where a bridge had once clearly stood. Fortunately, the banks weren’t too steep and the creek wasn’t too deep, so I made my way down and across. This was the scene as I scaled the other bank – the original concrete road, laid in about 1924, covered with three layers of asphalt.