In 1933, a small state road was created to connect SR 67 at Mooresville to US 40 at Plainfield. That road would be given the “daughter” number of SR 267. SR 267 would be one of those roads that would ultimately be a disjointed effort to create a pseudo-bypass of Marion County in eastern Hendricks County. But there was more to it over the years…and less, as well.
The first reference to the road, again, appeared on the 1933 Indiana Official Highway Map. SR 67, at the time, entered Mooresville from the south, exiting to the east through the middle of town. Right in the center of Mooresville, at the point where a northbound traveler would turn east to continue to Indianapolis along SR 67, SR 42 started. SR 42 would go west from that point. In 1933, SR 267 would start at that exact point, going north.
When it was created, SR 267 entered Plainfield along Center Street. The end of the state road would be at the corner of Center and Main Streets, with Main Street being the historic National Road, otherwise known as US 40. At the time, the condition of the new SR 267 would be listed as “intermediate type: Bituminous mulch top, surface treated water bound Macadam, Road Oil Mat.” In 1937, the original section would be listed as “high type.” It would again become “intermediate type” on the 1939 official. The “intermediate type” label would be changed to “dustless” in the coming years. SR 267 maintained that status until 1967.
Also in 1937, there were two sections to be added to this tiny state road. First was an authorized addition that wasn’t officially located that connected Plainfield at US 40 to Brownsburg at SR 34. The second would be a gravel road, non-treated, connecting SR 34 to US 52/US 152 in Boone County. A quick glance at the map on the right shows that the “authorized addition” pretty much follows what would become the completed SR 267. But that “authorized addition” status would be removed from that section in 1938.
By 1939, the expanded SR 267 would be pared back, even if it was just for construction of a new route. The shortened section was the northern end, which had been cut from SR 34 to the Hendricks-Boone County Line. From US 52 (US 152 was removed from the official rolls in 1938) south, the road would come to an abrupt end at that county line. By 1941, the newly routed SR 267 from the Hendricks-Boone County line to Brownsburg was back in place, as shown on the map to the left. SR 267 still did not connect the two sections at that point, leaving a gap between Plainfield and Brownsburg. The northern section of the road would be listed as “high type,” or “paved,” starting in 1948.
It wouldn’t be until 1956 that the connecting road between Plainfield and Brownsburg, including a connection with US 36 at Avon, would make it onto Indiana Official maps. The new connecting section would be listed as “intermediate type.” It would remain that way until 1967, like the southern section.
In 1960, the “daughter” no longer connected to its mother route. SR 67 was rerouted around Mooresville. At the same time, SR 144 was extended into Mooresville along High Street, moving SR 42 four blocks south from Main Street to High Street. SR 267 then ended at SR 42 at the corner of High and Monroe Streets.
One would think that would be the end of the history of this route. With the official planning of Interstate 70 south of Plainfield, a new interchange would be built. But it wasn’t directly to the SR 267 at the time. By the time I-70 was completed to that point, it would connect to a new SR 267, that would connect to US 40 east of the old route, which would still be shown on the map of that year, 1969. The following year, the old road would be returned to county responsibility.
The last change to this road would be in the mid-2010’s, when INDOT pared SR 267 back again, not only removing the last section of the road that was added to the state system, but ending the road at Interstate 74 on the north side of Brownsburg. I am not sure if it has to do with the completion of the Ronald Reagan Parkway from I-74 to US 40 (and further to I-70), but it does make sense. Should INDOT decide to move SR 267 to this “new” road, which given INDOT’s desire to shed maintenance costs makes it unlikely, it is entirely possible that the “new” SR 267 could connect again with SR 67 at Ameriplex Parkway, completely removing Mooresville from the mix. Or, they could run along the RR Parkway to US 40, then to the SR 267 currently in place. Again, it is merely speculation, and should be taken with a grain (or a truckload, actually) of salt.