CARMEL, Ind. - State highway officials plan to shut down a section of U.S. 31 through the northern suburbs of Indianapolis starting in April as part of the project upgrading it to interstate standards.
The project will also see a portion of 131st Street and Main Street closed on each side of U.S. 31 in Carmel beginning Monday.
The closure is intended to allow workers to get ready for construction of an interchange over U.S. 31.
"We were able to identify the opportunity to accelerate it even further and do the closure this year and get more of U.S. 31 open to freeway standards by the end of the year," said INDOT spokesman Nathan Riggs.
The unexpected forward bump of the project has some neighbors miffed.
"We have a lot of out-of-town people for surgeries, so they'll be detoured and it's going to be an inconvenience, but hopefully it doesn't last that long," said St. Vincent Hospital's Romarie Quinones.
The state agency says the plan to close the highway through much of Carmel will allow for faster completion of the project, with the aim of finishing the freeway sections in Hamilton County by the end of next year.
The U.S. 31 closure is scheduled to begin April 4 and reopen by Thanksgiving Day.
The Carmel work is part of a $1.2 billion reconstruction project for U.S. 31 linking Indianapolis and South Bend. Other major parts include the new bypass around Kokomo and a new roadway section being built between South Bend and Plymouth.
Official US 31 Closure website: http://bit.ly/1fCu8tQ