Indianapolis has gained many nicknames over the years, including the Hoosier Country, Indy, Circle City and Crossroads of America. The latter title was given to the entire state, and Indianapolis specifically, because it is a hub for many major Interstate highways across the region that connect Indiana to the rest of the United States.
Multiple Interstates that intersect inside I-465 make up the Crossroads of America. Interstate 65 runs from Alabama to Illinois, and right through downtown Indianapolis, near Circle Centre Mall, Lucas Oil Stadium and Conseco Fieldhouse. Near Indy, I-65 runs through Columbus, Franklin, Greenwood, Carmel and Lafayette.
Interstate 69 is a highway that has two major parts, running from Indianapolis to the northeast Canadian border, and the extension that runs south of Indy is fragmented. There has been major turmoil among southern Indiana communities about constructing and developing the highway, which will connect from Mexico to Canada. I-69 has been nicknamed the NAFTA highway, because it will help promote trade between the countries. In the Crossroads of America, I-69 connects Indianapolis to Anderson, Fishers, Muncie, Marion and Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Interstate 70 runs east and west throughout the Crossroads of America, with exits in Mooresville, Plainfield, Greenfield and downtown. I-70 also provides access to the Indianapolis International Airport, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Interstate 74 and Interstate 865 are smaller highways that make up the Crossroads of America. I-74 runs diagonally through the state, reaching Brownsburg, Crawfordsville, Beech Grove and Shelbyville. I-865 runs near the north side of the Crossroads of America, through Zionsville.
If you’re just stopping through, or you’re a proud Hoosier, Interstate travel is a must in the Crossroads of America. The advanced Interstate highway system is something to be admired, and has become a deep part of Indianapolis culture. Some say there are more Interstate highways than country roads in Indiana, but the only way to find out is to map them out and drive on the Crossroads of America for yourself.
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