INDOT: US 31 is on track to reopen before Thanksgiving

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HAMILTON COUNTY (WISH) —  INDOT says a portion of U.S. 31 in Hamilton County is on track to re-open before Thanksgiving.

Officials closed US 31 between Old Meridian Street and 136th Street back in April, as part of a larger project to improve US 31 between Indianapolis and South Bend.

Nathan Riggs, spokesperson for INDOT, says they’ve been working on the last items before re-opening two lanes of traffic in either direction along that stretch.

“Some of those things, like striping the roadway, are very sensitive to moisture and temperature. We want to make sure the paint sticks to the pavement, so to speak. So we need dry conditions, and relatively warm conditions for that to happen, and the last few days just haven’t been good weather for those types of operations,” said Riggs. “Between now and Thursday, looking at the forecast, we do see windows of opportunity where we feel we can get those final items complete and get the roadway open to traffic before Thanksgiving.”

Riggs says they want to remind drivers though, the entire project continues through the end of 2015, from I-465 to State Road 38 in Westfield.

While two lanes will be open to drivers on either side of US 31 between Old Meridian and 136th, construction will continue.

They expect a third lane to open before the end of 2015.

They say expect other local closures and lane restrictions as construction continues.

“People do need to be aware there will be off-peak lane restrictions, and work going on, all through the corridor,” said Riggs.

Riggs says once US 31 is open to drivers between Old Meridian and 136th, there will be no traffic signals from 116th Street to 169th.

Click here for more information on the project.

 

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