Hamilton County residents heard more information Tuesday night about updates to U.S. 31 in Hamilton County. The Indiana Department of Transportation recently awarded a 58-million dollar contract for construction on the road between 146th Street and 169th Street.
INDOT Spokesperson Nathan Riggs says the project will upgrade U.S. 31 in Hamilton County “to a federal standard freeway style type of highway, which will be a limited access highway, basically between Interstate 465 and State Road 38.”
Riggs says new ramps will connect 146th Street to the north with Greyhound Pass and 151st Street with a “split-diamond” interchange. A new freeway exit at 161st Street will contain roundabouts controlling cross traffic. Riggs says INDOT plans to eventually connect U.S. 31 with other existing and planned roads.
“We are looking at the individual area of Hamilton County,” he says, “but this corridor project, it‘s a big project but it‘s really part of something even bigger. We‘re really helping carry U.S. 31 across the northern half of the state with projects in Kokomo and South Bend also.”
The highway will remain two lanes in each direction during peak travel times, with traffic shifts designed to help expedite construction. Riggs says INDOT hopes to award additional construction contracts by the end of this year and have the corridor open to traffic by the end of 2015.