U.S. 31

Changes to U.S. 31 cause worry in CarmelRestricted Content

March 8, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A large section of Meridian Street in Carmel will be transformed to a limited-access highway by the end of this year.
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INDOT closing U.S. 31 in Carmel for better part of 2014

February 25, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
INDOT plans to close a chunk of U.S. 31 in Carmel on or after April 4 through Thanksgiving. The closure was originally planned for 2015, but prep work was completed ahead of schedule.
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New U.S. 31 bypass around Kokomo opening Tuesday

November 21, 2013
Associated Press
The bypass will allow drivers to avoid 15 traffic signals on the highway's current route through the city.
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New U.S. 31 bypass around Kokomo nears opening

November 11, 2013
Associated Press
The opening of the new 13-mile stretch around Kokomo's east side will be a key step in the state's project to upgrade the most-congested sections of U.S. 31 between Indianapolis and South Bend.
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Work set to begin on Carmel segment of new U.S. 31

September 19, 2013
Associated Press
A $141 million contract includes interchange improvements at Interstate 465 and new roundabout interchanges at 106th, 116th, 131st and 136th streets.
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Fate uncertain for current U.S. 31 through Kokomo

August 12, 2013
Associated Press
The stoplight-plagued U.S. 31 through Kokomo will soon be supplanted by a new bypass nearing completion around the city.
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U.S. 31 upgrade might begin in fall, INDOT says

August 8, 2013
Associated Press
INDOT said Wednesday it has awarded a $141 million contract for upgrades between 96th and 136th streets in Carmel to a joint venture between E&B Paving Inc. of Anderson and Gradex Inc. of Indianapolis.
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Fed review finds Indiana highway land deals compliant

May 15, 2013
Associated Press
The Federal Highway Administration report found Indiana Department of Transportation records were adequate and sufficient.
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State decides not to open Kokomo bypass early

September 24, 2012
Associated Press
State highway officials had considered opening a four-mile stretch of a U.S. 31 bypass around Kokomo this fall, but now they say motorists won't be able to drive on the road until next year.
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U.S. 31 project leaves many living in uncertainty

August 13, 2012
Associated Press
The new U.S. 31 highway project is designed to make travel faster and safer between South Bend and Indianapolis, but many aren't happy with the property-acquisition process.
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Businesses move, close for U.S. 31 transformationRestricted Content

July 14, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The 13-mile, $600 million upgrade of U.S. 31 that carves through some of Hamilton County’s fastest-growing suburbs is a temporary inconvenience to motorists, but for some business owners it’s a life—or livelihood—altering event.
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State scrubs contractor-financing plan for U.S. 31Restricted Content

June 30, 2012
Chris O'Malley
INDOT still plans to complete project three years sooner with traditional financing.
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Officials look to control growth on upgraded U.S. 31

April 11, 2012
Associated Press
Traffic authorities are looking to control development that might follow the project upgrading parts of U.S. 31 between Indianapolis and South Bend.
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Work begins on new U.S. 31 interchange

April 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The project is part of a larger effort to upgrade the road to interstate standards.
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Express lane opens for I-465 widening project

March 8, 2010
Associated Press
The lane opened Monday for eastbound traffic on I-465 from U.S. 31 (Meridian Street) to just past the Allisonville Road interchange.
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I-465 bridge in Indianapolis reopens after blast

October 25, 2009
Associated Press
The left eastbound lane over the eastbound bridge and the Interstate 69 southbound ramp to I-465 southbound will remain closed through midweek as crews continue repair work.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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