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Indiana Department of Transportation

INDOT > Major Projects > U.S. 24 Fort to Port U.S. 24 Fort to Port

The U.S. 24 Fort to Port project upgraded the old rural U.S. 24 two-lane highway to a four-lane limited access expressway between New Haven, Ind., and Defiance, Ohio – a distance of approximately 40 miles. In Indiana, the Fort to Port project involved a $93 million upgrade of an 11-mile stretch of highway between New Haven and the Indiana-Ohio state line. The Indiana portion of the U.S. 24 Fort to Port project officially opened to traffic on Nov. 14, 2012.

U.S. 24 is a major transportation corridor from Michigan to Colorado and provides the most direct access between Fort Wayne, Ind., and Toledo, Ohio. In Indiana and Ohio, U.S. 24 provides connections to I-69/I-469, I-80/I-90 and I-75, enabling motorists to reach destinations in Great Lakes region, Canada, and the eastern seaboard. As a result of the linkage between Fort Wayne and the Port of Toledo, U.S. 24 has been nicknamed “Fort to Port.”

The U.S. 24 project satisfied several goals:

  • Improve traffic flow and the level of service
  • Reduce travel times
  • Improve roadway safety
  • Enhance the regional transportation network, and
  • Accommodate future economic growth in the region to enhance the competitiveness of local and regional businesses.

Project History
The old U.S. 24 highway suffered from congestion and safety-related issues as a result of inadequate capacity to accommodate current traffic demands. Its design included unlimited access, minimal shoulder widths, and an alignment that required multiple speed reductions and offered limited passing opportunities. It attracted high-speed through traffic while serving as the primary local access in many small towns.

INDOT and the Ohio Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, began working to improve U.S. 24 in Indiana and Ohio. The focus of this work was the segment of U.S. 24 between New Haven and Defiance. Of this segment, 13.1 miles was located in Indiana, between New Haven and the Ohio state line.

INDOT began right-of-way acquisition in 2007 and began construction in May 2008. Construction was divided into five phases ranging from less than a mile to 3.6 miles in length. The final construction phase was completed in December 2012.

Project Map

Contact Information

Toni Mayo
Customer Service Manager
Indiana Department of Transportation-Northeast District
5333 Hatfield Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46808
Toll Free: 1-866-227-3555