Captured: Abandoned State Road 37

Abandoned SR 37

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.

You can find more photos from this abandoned alignment here. Or, heck, just read the entire trip report. Start here.