Indiana State Road 933

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State Road 933

SR 933 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by INDOT
Length16.83 mi[1] (27.09 km)
Major junctions
South endLincoln Way & Ash Road in Osceola
Major intersections I-80 / I-90 / Indiana Toll Road in Roseland
North end M-51 near Roseland
CountryUnited States
Highway system
  • Indiana State Highway System
SR 931 SR 1

State Road 933 (SR 933) is an Indiana State Road that runs between Elkhart and South Bend in US state of Indiana. The 16.83 miles (27.09 km) of SR 933 that lie within the state serve as a major conduit. None of the highway is listed on the National Highway System. Various sections are urban two-lane highway and urbanized four-lane divided highway. The highway passes through residential and commercial properties.

SR 933 was first designated as a state road in the 1990s. A section of the highway originally served as part of the Lincoln Highway. SR 933 replaced the original SR 1 and SR 2 designation of the highway which dated back to the formation of the Indiana State Road system. The highway replaced the U.S. Route 33 (US 33) designation of the highway which dated back to the 1930s.

Route description

SR 933 southern terminus is at the St. JosephElkhart county line. The highway follows Lincolnway and heads due west. The road is placed between Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks and commercial properties, before being surrounded by commercial properties, in Osceola. After leaving Osceola, the route enters Mishawaka. There the road passes through mostly residential, as a four-lane undivided road with a center turn lane. In Mishawaka the route has a traffic light at SR 331.[4][5][6]

West of SR 331, SR 933 enters downtown Mishawaka and has an intersection at Main Street, Old SR 331. The road leaves Mishawaka heading west towards South Bend, passing through commercial properties. The highway curves northwest parallel to the St. Joseph River and has an interchange with SR 23. This interchange is the west end of the concurrency between SR 23 and SR 933. The concurrency heads due west into downtown South Bend, crossing under the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks. In downtown South Bend the concurrency ends when SR 933 turns north onto Main Street.[4][5][6]

Michigan Street at Monroe Street in downtown South Bend, 2012. Until 2016 this was the routing of SR 933 northbound.

SR 933 follows Main Street through downtown South Bend, passing under the Norfolk Southern again. On the north side of downtown SR 933 follows Marion Street east for one block to Michigan Street. The highway heads north as a four-lane undivided highway with a center turn lane.[4][5][6]

Michigan Street crosses over the St. Joseph River as it leaves downtown South Bend. The highway heads for Roseland, passing between the University of Notre Dame on the east side of the road and Holy Cross College and Saint Mary's College on the west side of the road. North Saint Mary's College is the access road to the Indiana Toll Road (Interstate 80/Interstate 90). The road passes under the Indiana Toll Road, as it passes through commercial properties heading towards the state line. SR 933 ends at the Indiana–Michigan state line; the roadway continues into Michigan as M-51.[4][5][6]

No part of SR 933 is included as a part of the National Highway System (NHS).[7] The NHS is a network of highways that are identified as being most important for the economy, mobility and defense of the nation.[8] The highway is maintained by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) like all other state roads in the state. The department tracks the traffic volumes along all state highways as a part of its maintenance responsibilities using a metric called average annual daily traffic (AADT). This measurement is a calculation of the traffic level along a segment of roadway for any average day of the year. In 2010, INDOT figured that lowest traffic levels were the 12,300 vehicles and 197 commercial vehicles used the highway daily on a section between Marion Street and Riverside Drive north of downtown South Bend. The peak traffic volumes were 25,040 vehicles and 2,610 commercial vehicles AADT along a section of SR 933 near Bittersweet Road in Mishawaka.[9]


In 1917, Main Market route number 1 was given to the north–south section and Main Market route number 2 was the given to the east–west route that SR 933 takes today. Main Market 2 was also known as the Lincoln highway.[10][11] In 1926, at the creation of the U.S. Routes, SR 1 was changed to US 31 and the east–west stayed as SR 2.[12][13] Then the SR 2 section became US 33 in 1935, and US 33 was concurrent with US 31 north of Sample Street.

In 1991 the US 20 bypass opened around Elkhart and South Bend and in 1998 INDOT removed US 33 north of US 20 to the Michigan state line. The road was to come under local jurisdiction in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties. Local governments in Elkhart County, mainly the city of Elkhart, accepted jurisdiction of the road, while St. Joseph County did not accept local control and the road became SR 933 within that area. In 2004, INDOT tried to eliminate SR 933 and again St. Joseph County did not accept local control so the designation remained unchanged.[2][3]

In 2016 South Bend's "Smart Streets" project[14] converted certain streets from one-way traffic to two-way traffic, including streets that SR 933 followed. As a result SR 933 was removed from Michigan Street and St. Joseph Street, up until then the one-way northbound routing, between Sample Street and Marion Street, and was left solely on Main Street, up until then the one-way southbound routing, between those two streets.[15]

The portion north of Angela Boulevard on the north side of South Bend was expected to be removed from the state highway system in mid-2018.[16]

Major intersections

The entire route is in St. Joseph County.

Osceola0.000.00 Lincoln Highway (Ash Road / Lincoln Way)Southern terminus of SR 933
Mishawaka4.056.52 SR 331 – Bremen
South Bend9.5115.30
SR 23 north / Lincoln Highway
Southern end of SR 23 concurrency

US 31 Bus. / SR 23 south – Walkerton
Northern end of SR 23 concurrency; southern end of US 31 Business concurrency
I-80 / I-90 / US 31 Bus. / Indiana Toll Road – Chicago, Ohio
Exit 77 on the Indiana Toll Road; northern end of US 31 Business concurrency
M-51 north – Niles
Northern terminus of SR 933
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Indiana Department of Transportation (2004). Reference Post Book (PDF). Indianapolis: Indiana Department of Transportation. S-933. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Portion of U.S. 33 is now Indiana 933". South Bend Tribune. April 18, 1998. p. A6. OCLC 8793233. Archived from the original on May 25, 2011. Retrieved December 29, 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Handover of road opposed: Osceola leader calls state proposal costly". The Journal Gazette. Fort Wayne. Associated Press. November 21, 2004. p. 5C. OCLC 7368210. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d Google (January 1, 2011). "Overview map of SR 933" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 1, 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d Indiana Department of Transportation (2012). Indiana Transportation Map (PDF) (Map) (2011–2012 ed.). 1:550,000. Indianapolis: Indiana Department of Transportation. OCLC 765461296. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d Indiana Department of Transportation (August 23, 2011). Indiana Railroad Map (PDF) (Map). 1:633,600. Indianapolis: Indiana Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  7. ^ National Highway System: South Bend (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. December 2003. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  8. ^ Natzke, Stefan; Neathery, Mike; Adderly, Kevin (September 26, 2012). "What is the National Highway System?". National Highway System. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  9. ^ Indiana Department of Transportation (2010). "Indiana Traffic Counts". Indianapolis: Indiana Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  10. ^ "1917 Indiana State Highway Map and State Highway Commission". Indiana University Bloomington. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
  11. ^ Indiana Main Market Highway Map (Map). Cartography by ISHC. Indiana State Highway Commission. June 1, 1917. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
  12. ^ Indiana Transportation Map of 1925 (Map). Cartography by ISHC. Indiana State Highway Commission. September 30, 1925.
  13. ^ Rand McNally (1926). Road Map of Indiana (Map). Chicago: Rand McNally. Retrieved December 31, 2012 – via Broer Map Library.
  14. ^ "Smart Streets". City of South Bend. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  15. ^ Blasko, Erin (February 4, 2016). "State to Transfer 933 to South Bend, Pay City $4.43 million". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  16. ^ Booker, Ted (January 26, 2018). "St. Joseph County Plans Takeover of Indiana 933 near Notre Dame". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved January 26, 2018.

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