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[INDOT] INDOT Accelerates U.S. 31 Construction in Carmel
Start Date: 2/25/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 2/25/2014
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INDOT Accelerates U.S. 31 Construction in Carmel

March Open Houses to Discuss 2014 U.S. 31 Closure

CARMEL, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) today announced plans to accelerate construction that will remove stoplights from the U.S. 31 commute in Hamilton County.

Early utility relocations and cleared right-of-way will allow the previously planned closure of U.S. 31 between Old Meridian Street and 136th Street in Carmel to begin on or after Friday, April 4, 2014. U.S. 31 will reopen to traffic before Thanksgiving 2014 as construction on the corridor continues through the end of 2015.

Closing U.S. 31 in 2014 for construction provides benefits for motorists and construction crews that are anticipated to outweigh the inconveniences, including:

  • Improving work zone safety while elevation changes are made for new bridges at 126th Street/Carmel Drive, 131st Street/Main Street and 136th Street
  • Shortening the closure duration to eight months, compared to approximately ten months if the closure were to happen during 2015
  • Balancing traffic impacts of overpass and interchange construction across 2014 and 2015
  • Removing traffic signals from 8 miles of U.S. 31 through Carmel and Westfield by the end of 2014
  • Allowing INDOT to honor its commitment to open the New U.S. 31 Hamilton County freeway to traffic by the end of 2015

Keystone Parkway and I-465 will serve as the official detour while Carmel city streets will provide access to businesses on either side of U.S. 31.

The New U.S. 31 Hamilton County project team has scheduled meetings this week to help businesses and emergency responders to prepare for the traffic impacts. Public open houses are also scheduled in mid-March. Both open houses will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. with a presentation at 6 p.m.

  • Tuesday, March 18, at Carmel High School, 520 East Main Street
  • Wednesday, March 19, at Westfield Middle School, 345 West Hoover Street

For updates on the U.S. 31 closure in Carmel, the public is encouraged to:

The New U.S. 31 Hamilton County project is upgrading 13 miles of existing highway through Carmel and Westfield to freeway standards from I-465 to State Road 38. The project is intended to reduce congestion, improve safety and provide continuity of commerce and regional travel for a U.S. highway that stretches from Michigan to Alabama. When it opens to traffic at the end of 2015, upgrades to three congested sections of U.S. 31 is expected to decrease travel time between Indianapolis and South Bend by about 30 minutes.

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