Major Road Project Set to Begin

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Travelers and businesses are bracing for a major road closure beginning Friday in Hamilton County. The eight-month project involves the construction of roundabout interchanges on U.S. Highway 31.

April 2, 2014

News Release

Carmel, Ind. -- U.S. Highway 31 between 136th Street and Old Meridian will close beginning this Friday, April 4. Contractors for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plan to begin the closure after the evening rush hours, and the highway is expected to reopen before Thanksgiving.

The official signed detour will direct motorists to Keystone Parkway. Local routes such as Pennsylvania, Illinois and Old Meridian streets will serve as alternate routes for local access. Access to all businesses will remain open by way of these local roads during the U.S. 31 closure. Hospital route maps that have been provided to the medical facilities are available at US31closure.com.

Following the closure, INDOT will monitor traffic patterns and make any necessary signal timing adjustments once traffic patterns stabilize.

136th Street access:

Motorists will be able to cross U.S. 31 at 136th Street at all times during the closure, and access to St. Vincent Carmel will remain available. Motorists will be able to access 136th Street from southbound U.S. 31, and access will be available to northbound U.S. 31 from 136th Street.

126th Street/Carmel Drive access:

Cross traffic access on U.S. 31 will be available via 126th Street/Carmel Drive during the U.S. 31 closure through fall 2014. Crews must briefly close cross-traffic access on 126th Street/Carmel Drive at U.S. 31 during the first weekend of the closure. Contractors expect to restore cross-traffic access before Monday, April 7.

Old Meridian Street access:

Motorists will be able to access Old Meridian Street from northbound U.S. 31 through the duration of the U.S. 31 closure. Old Meridian Street will also have free-flowing access to southbound U.S. 31.

131st Street/Main Street access:

Cross traffic access at U.S. 31 and 131st Street/Main Street is currently closed for construction and will remain closed through fall 2014. In the fall, 131st Street/Main Street will open to cross traffic access on U.S. 31 while construction occurs on 126th Street/Carmel Drive. While motorists will be able to cross U.S. 31at this location beginning in the fall, direct access to northbound or southbound U.S. 31 will not be restored until U.S. 31 reopens before Thanksgiving.

For information on The New U.S. 31 Hamilton County, visit US31HamiltonCounty.in.gov. For media inquiries, please click here to access our media kit. To receive project updates, including dates and times of restrictions:

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Source: Indiana Department of Transportation