New segment of US 31 upgrade project in Hamilton County begins Monday night
Preps begin for construction of piers for flyover
Last Updated: 63 days ago
CARMEL - The major construction project to upgrade U.S. 31 in Hamilton County is about to ramp up again.
Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation said they will begin installing barricades in three new areas starting Monday night.
Workers will begin installing temporary concrete barriers on the ramps from northbound and southbound U.S. 31 to westbound Interstate 465.
Those ramps won't close, but the lanes will be narrower.
On Tuesday, crews will start putting in barriers along the left lanes of both eastbound and westbound I-465 near U.S. 31.
No ramps will close, but drivers will lose their emergency access to the left shoulder. Officials said the project is the first step in building two new flyover ramps at the interchange.
They will take traffic from southbound U.S. 31 to eastbound I-465 and from eastbound I-465 to northbound U.S. 31.
"Rather than having signalized intersections at the bases of the ramps as currently exists or the tight cloverleaf-type loop ramps, these flyover ramps will help carry traffic in a more uniform motion, flying over the existing roadway, basically a bridge over the roadway that helps keep traffic moving without the traffic signals," INDOT spokesman Nathan Riggs said.
The new restrictions will protect workers building the piers that will support the flyovers.
Meanwhile, single-lane restrictions will continue at night on U.S. 31 between I-465 and Old Meridian Street to temporarily widen the road in preparation for a traffic shift planned for later in October.
That traffic shift may mark a new high point in traffic disruption in Hamilton County from the project.
Work is still far from complete on the segment of U.S. 31 in southern Westfield, and work will begin soon just north of that project, which means INDOT will have three different projects going on the same highway in the same county all at once.
Of course, this won't be the permanent high-water mark in disruption.
That will come in 2015, when INDOT shuts down a portion of 31 completely to expedite construction.
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