South Bend, Indiana, was the site of a major crossroads of the first auto trails that crossed the United States. Within the city limits, the east-west Lincoln Highway met one of the branches of the north-south Dixie Highway. The Indiana Historical Society has honored that history with a new marker in downtown South Bend.
South Bass Island, better known by the name of the village that inhabits a portion of it, Put-in-Bay, sits in Lake Erie 5 miles off of the Ohio mainland. It’s also the home of Ohio State Route 357, one of two routes in the state on islands and not connected with the rest of the state highway system. The other is Route 575 on nearby Kelleys Island.
The Indiana Department of Transportation’s Route 49/US 12 bridge replacement project in northern Porter County means not only a new bridge to carry traffic to Indiana Dunes State Park but also a new state route shield design. The signs show not the standard, spartan shield but a state-outline containing the route number.