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A new U.S. 31 bypass around Kokomo will open Tuesday after finishing two years early.
Governor Mike Pence and Kokomo mayor Greg Goodnight are scheduled to speak before a ceremonial tour of the whole project Tuesday morning.
Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Harry Maginity says the bypass will open to travelers later that afternoon.
“We’re calling it the 31 freeway at Kokomo,” Maginity said. “So it will be limited access from the north side to the south side and people who use it are going to avoid congestion and traffic lights and speed zones coming through Kokomo. Those that don’t need to do that, we encourage them to go on down through Kokomo.”
The bypass is 13 miles long and eliminates 15 stoplights in Kokomo for through-travelers. The $155 million project is the first of three on U.S. 31 to be opened in order to reduce congestion.