As happened in so many cities, the construction of Interstate highways through Indianapolis wreaked havoc on city streets.
I-65 and I-70 meet in Downtown Indianapolis on their respective north-south and east-west journeys. The two highways run concurrently on the east side of Downtown, from what is called the North Split to the South Split. The Splits are in the upper and lower right of this map excerpt.
The South Split was built so that Virginia Avenue, the diagonal road that radiates toward the lower-right corner of the map, to pass over the Interstates. But the diagonal road that radiates toward the upper-right corner of the map, Massachusetts Avenue, was dead ended. It continues on the other side of the Interstates.
The purist in me is always sad when I find this along an old road. At least you can get back to Mass Ave pretty easily — curve to the left onto Bellefontaine Street, and then turn right onto 10th Street, and then you can get back to Mass Ave.
Here’s where you go under the Interstates at 10th Street.
I’m sure the railroad tracks that curve in here, and begin to run along the north side of Mass Ave, are part of why the highway designers chose to dead-end Mass Ave rather than build an overpass or an underpass to keep the road continuous. This is a southbound look from where Mass Ave resumes on the other side of the tracks.
Turning around and facing northbound from the same spot, you find that Mass Ave is one way southbound here. That’s also a bummer for people like me who want to follow the old road. Fortunately, this one-way stretch lasts only a short time and it’s easy to follow city streets to get back to this road where it becomes two way again.
This railroad track runs alongside Old SR 67 for a good long ways — all the way to Muncie. Sometimes it’s right next to the road, and sometimes it separated from the road by up to a half mile. In Anderson, Old SR 67 crosses this railroad track and from there runs along the south side of the road. But it’s a frequent companion as you travel. This scene about a mile and a quarter up the road is typical.