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U.S. 31 upgrade might begin in fall, INDOT says

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The Indiana Department of Transportation says preliminary work could begin this fall on upgrading U.S. 31 north of Indianapolis to interstate standards.

INDOT said Wednesday it has awarded a $141 million contract for freeway upgrades between 96th and 136th streets in Carmel to a joint venture between E&B Paving Inc. of Anderson and Gradex Inc. of Indianapolis.

The contract includes U.S. 31 interchange improvements at Interstate 465 and new roundabout interchanges at 106th, 116th, 131st and 136th streets.

INDOT says contractors will provide a general schedule later, but preliminary work could begin as early as this fall. All improvements for that section of the U.S. 31 upgrade are expected to be open to traffic by the end of 2015.

Upgrading or bypassing congested sections of U.S. 31, when completed, are expected to cut a half-hour off travel time between Indianapolis and South Bend.

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  • Cluster now
    Jim, just wait for the construction to begin. Remember how much of a mess Keystone was for the roundabouts? Picture Meridian for the next 4 years, going through the same. The businesses (retail specifically) in that area were ruined. Its gonna hurt the retail businesses over here around Meridian, but whats worse, is some will sign new leases before the construction begins. Thats a sure loss proposition.
  • common sense
    the reason why to upgrade us31...it needs it. keystone was never meant to be the size and scope of us31. there is no need to compare additionally, semis need a thoroughfare. keystone is not built nor should a residential thoroughfare transport semi haulers. the us 31 upgrade has been in the minds of developers for years. the buildings along us31 in most places have been built far back to allow this to be upgraded. this is for the better,ent of traffic and planning. with or without upgrading 31, people will continue to move further out.
  • Agreed
    Sad isn't it Justin...old, uniformed, unintelligent, and out of touch bureaucrats.
  • $141 Million towards Mass Transit
    I am very conflicted with this turn of events. I live on the southside of Marion county and do OCASSIONALLY travel to South Bend and other points to the north. When I do travel that way, I always use Keystone as it is 1000% better yet slightly out of the way...boohooo. My major gripe is we have been pissin and moaning about Mass Transit and it's cost yet,$141 million goes toward this project? Why can't those commuters that go to South Bend take Keystone instead of Meridian and save 20 minutes? Then we'd have $141 million to save for Mass Transit that would affect many more people. Oh wait, the power resides up north....duh!
    • Roads
      They should just go ahead and pave all of the land between Keystone and Meridian now since it's so cheap to build roads. That way people can go ahead and move even farther away from Marion county and then drive into work with no traffic congestion. It sure beats that costly mass transit that everyone seems to hate so much.
    • Turnabout for roundabouts
      Okay, this is good news. Glad to see INDOT is willing to spend $141 million on a transportation option that only a small percentage of citizens will use.
    • Meridian
      I cannot wait for Meridian to be as smooth as Keystone. It's a cluster at rush hour now.

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