Also known as the Terre Haute Bypass, S.R. 641 will create a new 6.2 mile, four-lane, divided highway from U.S. 41 south of Terre Haute to S.R. 46 at I-70. S.R. 641 will reduce congestion and provide much needed relief to motorists who use U.S. 41 (Dixie Bee Highway) on a regular basis. It will also provide local residents greater access to I-70. Freight traffic heading south on U.S. 41 will be able to move through the area safer with fewer delays. The $150 million project was opened in January 2017.
Purpose and Need
Improved mobility around the busy U.S. 41/I-70 interchange will relieve congestion on U.S. 41 (Third Street), Also, new interchanges at U.S. 41 and McDaniel/Canal Roads will provide a more convenient access to I-70 and U.S. 41 south of Terre Haute. By reducing congestion, the new bypass will improve safety for the motoring public and promote economic development.
The purpose and need of the S.R. 641 Bypass is to:
- Provide better access to Vigo County residents through an alternative route around the congested segment of U.S. 41.
- Improve conditions along U.S. 41 for users accessing congested commercial areas.
- Provide a bypass for through travelers between U.S. 41 south and I-70 east.
- Improve access to and between commercial transportation hubs and the Vigo County Industrial Park
- Reduce the overall rate and severity of accidents along U.S. 41.
The concept of a bypass about the southeastern portion of Terre Haute was first presented in 1989, when officials of Terre Haute and Vigo County approached INDOT with the proposal. In October 1990, the West Central Indiana Economic Development District (WCIEDD), which is the designed Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) for the region, adopted the Greater Terre Haute Long range Transportation Plan. That plan included the bypass as a “new 4-lane divided limited access facility.” Subsequently, the Vigo County Board of Commissioners, the Vigo Count y Council, and the Terre Haute City Council voted unanimously to adopt the recommended transportation plan on July 18, 1990. The WICIEDD’s Policy and Technical Committees adopted the plan the same day.
In recognition of the long-term needs of the Terre Haute area and the growing traffic congestion along U.S. 41 south of I-70, INDOT conducted a Southeast Terre Haute Bypass Preliminary Feasibility Assessment of the bypass, which was completed in December 1990. It concluded the project was warranted. The project was included in the Indiana State Highway Improvement Program on August 29, 1991. Further project development by INDOT resulted in the Engineer’s Report for S.R. 641 (Terre Haute) Bypass which was completed in January 1995.