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New road closures, detours to impact traffic along US 31 corridor in Hamilton County

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CARMEL, Ind. (Sept. 15, 2015) – New traffic delays are coming for Hamilton County drivers along the US 31 corridor.

Between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 5 a.m. Wednesday, traffic will be restricted to one lane near 116th Street, along with temporary traffic stops. Crews will be delivering and installing bridge beams.

Those overnight closures are expected to reoccur Sept. 18, 22 and 25.

“With this being an active work zone, especially because a lot of these restrictions and activities take place at night, it’s imperative people drive safely,” Nathan Riggs said, an INDOT spokesman.

The bigger mess, though, will begin early next week, anticipated for sometime Monday, when INDOT will shut down the intersection at 116th Street and Pennsylvania Street in Carmel.

The intersection, just off US 31, will be shut down for two months as crews construct a new roundabout.

“I don’t want to think about it really,” Devan Twibell said, who drives the route to work.

The closure will cut off access to US 31 from 116th Street, along with access to 116th Street east of US 31.

Detour route

Detour route

“I will be waking up very early and driving here much earlier than usual for sure,” Megan Grimm said, who drives the route daily.

The closures are part of the larger overhaul of US 31, upgrading the existing highway to federal freeway standards, in a move to eventually reduce congestion and improve commerce.

INDOT anticipates travel time between Indianapolis and South Bend to be reduced by 30 minutes when the project is complete.

“From everything I’ve seen, absolutely,” Steve Rhyne said. “It’s already much nicer up farther north where things have kind of finished off but are kind of waiting for the rest.”

Major construction on the corridor, Riggs said, will hopefully be done by the end of the year.

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