Capital city Indianapolis
Population 6.785.528 (2020)
Surface 94.321 km²
Governor Eric Holcomb (R)
Member of the US since 1816

Indiana is one of the fifty states of the United States. The state is located on the Great Lakes. Indiana’s abbreviation is IN. Its nickname is ‘The Hoosier State’. The inhabitants of Indiana are therefore also called Hoosiers. Nobody knows how the state got this nickname. Indiana is the 15th most populous state in the US with a population of 6,516,922. Indiana borders the states of Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan. The capital of Indiana is Indianapolis. With 829,718 inhabitants, Indianapolis is one of the largest cities in the United States. The city is also growing very fast.

Towns

There are many cities in Indiana. Here are the five largest.

Indiana’s Largest Cities

Name Residents County
1. Indianapolis 829.718 Marion County
2. Fort Wayne 253.691 Allen County
3. Evansville 117.429 Vanderburgh County
4. South Bend 101.168 St. Joseph County
5. Hammond 80.830 Lake County

How many counties in Indiana? The State of Indiana comprises 92 counties.

Habits

In Indiana they have special customs. If you’ve eaten garlic you can’t go to a theater for the next four hours, when the four hours are up they’ll let you in.

Indianapolis

The skyline of Indianapolis

Indianapolis is the largest city in the US state of Indiana with 798,382 inhabitants in 2008. It is also the capital of it. It is geographically located at the very center of the state. Furthermore, Indianapolis is the 14th largest city in the entire US. The city has a large metropolitan area with 1,715,459 inhabitants in the year 2008. Indianapolis is the cultural, financial and industrial center of Indiana. It is an old city, it has been around for about 200 years. Indianapolis is located in an area where only swamps used to be. The river that flows through the city is the White River. Prairies used to be all around the city. Indianapolis ‘ economy is doing very well. It is in the economic heart of the US.

Partner cities

  • Hangzhou, China
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Cologne, Germany

Milton-Madison Bridge

Milton-Madison Bridge
Spans Ohio River
Lanes 1×2
Total length 970 meters
Main span 220 meters
Bridge deck height ? meter
Opening 1929 / 2013
Traffic intensity 11,000 mvt/day
Location Map

The Milton-Madison Bridge is a cantilever truss bridge in the United States, located on the border of the states of Indiana and Kentucky. The bridge spans the Ohio River.

Characteristics

The Milton-Madison Bridge is a steel truss bridge according to the cantilever principle. The bridge is 970 meters long in total, with a main span of 220 meters. The bridge spans the Ohio River between Milton, Kentucky and Madison, Indiana. US 421 with 1×2 lanes runs over the bridge. The bridge has regional importance and is toll-free. It is the only bridge spanning 75 miles across the Ohio River between Louisville and Vevay.

History

The Milton-Madison Bridge in 1988.

The first bridge at this location was built between 1928 and 1929 and cost over $1.3 million. The bridge opened to traffic on December 20, 1929. It was a toll road until 1947. The bridge was renovated in 1997.

Replacement

The bridge was in poor condition and had outdated design requirements. As a result, a study was started in 2008 to see how the bridge could best be replaced. The bridge was replaced in a special way, first a new bridge was built on temporary bridge piers between the end of 2010 and mid 2013, after which the old bridge was demolished. Subsequently, on 9-10 April 2014, the bridge was shifted 17 meters from the temporary to the widened bridge piers of the old bridge. This is the largest bridge shift in American history. In this way no lengthy closure was necessary. The new bridge is twice as wide as the old bridge with wider lanes, half emergency lanes and a bicycle/pedestrian path. The new bridge cost $103 million. Full commissioning was on April 17, 2014. The entire project was completed on November 9, 2015. It is one of the few modern bridges that is still constructed as a cantilever truss bridge.

Carol Lee Cropper Bridge

Carroll Lee Cropper Bridge
Spans Ohio River
Lanes 2×2
Total length 993 meters
Main span 229 meters
Bridge deck height ? meter
Opening 1977
Traffic intensity 35,400 mvt/day
Location Map

The Carroll Lee Cropper Bridge is an arch bridge in the United States, located on the border of the states of Indiana and Kentucky. The bridge spans the Ohio River west of Cincinnati.

Characteristics

The Carroll Lee Cropper Bridge is a large steel arch bridge with a truss structure. The bridge is a total of 993 meters long with a main span of 229 meters in length. The bridge deck is 18.8 feet wide, with 2×2 lanes without emergency lanes of Interstate 275, which forms the Cincinnati Beltway. It is the easternmost bridge between the states of Indiana and Kentucky and the westernmost bridge in the Cincinnat region. The nearest town is Lawrenceburg, Indiana. South of the bridge, I-275 passes through a deeply excavated section of a ridge.

History

The bridge was the last new connection across the Ohio River and was built in the mid-1970s as part of the Cincinnati Beltway. The bridge opened to traffic in 1977. It is the least congested section of the Cincinnat Beltway, and is the only road link in the region that runs between Indiana and Kentucky, as Cincinnati itself is located in Ohio.

Naming

The bridge is named after Carroll Lee Cropper, a judge in Boone County, Kentucky, in which the bridge is located. He died in 1976, while the bridge was under construction.

Traffic intensities

More than 35,000 vehicles use the bridge every day, which means that it is not used very intensively.

Indiana - The Hoosier State

Indiana – The Hoosier State
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