One of southern Indiana's highest-profile road projects has reached its midway point. The Indiana Department of Transportation says construction zones will shift Wednesday as work will begin on the second half of the new $19.1 million cloverleaf interchange at U.S. 41 and the Lloyd Expressway in Evansville. May 12, 2015
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Construction of the new cloverleaf interchange at U.S. 41 and the Lloyd Expressway is halfway completed. Indiana Department of Transportation contractors plan to shift Lloyd Expressway traffic to new pavement on Wednesday, May 13, requiring traffic pattern changes and some ramp closures.
During this phase of construction, all ramps connecting U.S. 41 with eastbound State Road 66/Lloyd Expressway, and vice versa, will close temporarily. Many new ramps will open connecting westbound S.R. 62/Lloyd Expressway with U.S. 41.
Both U.S. 41 and the Lloyd Expressway will remain open to two narrow lanes in each direction making use of lane shifts.
Improved safety and traffic flow
Temporarily closing the ramps connecting U.S. 41 with eastbound Lloyd Expressway during construction will allow INDOT to permanently remove traffic signals from this interchange, improving traffic flow. The traffic pattern will also improve safety – there were a high number of crashes during the first days of the current construction phase due to stop-and-go traffic.
INDOT is placing dynamic message signs and temporary route signage to assist drivers with finding alternate routes. The ramps connecting U.S. 41 with eastbound Lloyd Expressway will be closed no longer than about four months, weather permitting. Crews will open each new ramp as it is completed.
Ramp access detail
The following ramps will remain open during this next phase of construction as numbered and shown in green in the graphic below:
1. The new westbound S.R. 66/Lloyd Expressway ramp to northbound U.S. 41 that opened within the past few weeks will remain open.
2. Northbound U.S. 41 will cross the bridge and use a new ramp that loops down to westbound Lloyd Expressway.
3. Westbound Lloyd Expressway will merge right to access a new ramp looping up to U.S. 41 southbound.
4. Southbound U.S. 41 will use the new diagonal ramp to westbound S.R. 62/Lloyd Expressway.
The following ramps will be closed until completed as numbered and shown in red in the graphic below:
5. Eastbound Lloyd Expressway to southbound U.S. 41
6. Southbound U.S. 41 to eastbound Lloyd Expressway
7. Eastbound Lloyd Expressway to northbound U.S. 41
8. Northbound U.S. 41 to Eastbound Lloyd Expressway
Ramps Connecting US 41 & Lloyd Expwy to Close
About the U.S. 41 & Lloyd Cloverleaf
Over about one year, INDOT contractor Ragle Inc. of Newburgh is reconfiguring the U.S. 41 and Lloyd Expressway interchange into a full-cloverleaf design, which will remove two stoplights from the Lloyd Expressway. INDOT and Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke broke ground on the $19.1 million project in October 2014.
For construction updates and traffic alerts, follow INDOT on social media at www.facebook.com/INDOTVincennesDistrict or www.twitter.com/INDOTSouthwest or access INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service at indot.carsprogram.org. More information about the project is available at www.in.gov/indot/3275.htm.