The bypass project from Kinser Pike to 3rd Street has experienced some setbacks because of problems with utilities and the railroad crossing near 10th Street, but construction remains on track to end in mid-November.
Indiana Department of Transportation spokesperson Will Wingfield says the project is estimated to cost $22 million, which is below the amount INDOT originally budgeted.
INDOT is installing a stoplight at 17th Street and the 45/46 Bypass separating the East and West sides of the project. Wingfield says he thinks the additional stoplights will not slow traffic.
“We don’t believe with all the improvements that are put into place that this traffic signal will impact traffic flow,” he says. “This project as a whole will improve traffic flow and thereby improve air quality.”
Wingfield says the city of Bloomington will be able to remotely monitor the intersection’s signals to assist traffic flow during Indiana University events.