INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Dept. of Transportation announced a contract for U.S. 31 Hamilton County freeway upgrades, a project that will include the complete closure of a section of U.S. 31 for nine months.
In a press release, INDOT said the closure, planned for the area between 136th Street and the Old Meridian Street ramp north of 116th Street, will "significantly expedite" construction on the $141 million project. The closure is slated for 2015.
INDOT noted that the project will include other temporary highway and local roadway closures, but that these will be "scheduled sequentially and limited in duration" to minimize inconvenience.
"U.S. 31 is a very popular commuter route from the north side. But there will be alternate routes. And there will be some improvements to the local streets to help facilitate any displaced traffic. But, of course, it's going to be an inconvenience for many, many motorists. That being said, if we were to leave it open to traffic, that would lengthen construction, which would also be an inconvenience to motorists. So we do have to strike that balance between convenience, expediency, while maintaining a safe work zone for both motorists and workers," INDOT spokesman Nathan Riggs said.
The contract was awarded to a joint venture between E&B Paving of Anderson and Gradex of Indianapolis. The project includes U.S. 31 interchange improvements at I-465 and new roundabout interchanges at 106th, 116th, 131st and 136th streets.
More information about the construction plans can be found online at www.us31hamiltoncounty.in.gov .