Rebuilding work to close US 31 in Carmel


Carmel commuters who use U.S. 31 are being advised to plan ahead as state highway officials plan a shutdown of the highway starting in April.

The state agency says the plan to close the highway through much of Carmel will allow for faster completion of the project, with the aim of finishing the freeway sections in Hamilton County by the end of next year.

The U.S. 31 closure is scheduled to begin April 4 and reopen by Thanksgiving Day.

Keystone Parkway and I-465 will serve as the official detour while Carmel city streets will provide access to businesses on either side of U.S. 31.

The Carmel work is part of a $1.2 billion reconstruction project for U.S. 31 linking Indianapolis and South Bend. Other major parts include the new bypass around Kokomo and a new roadway section being built between South Bend and Plymouth.

The New U.S. 31 Hamilton County project team has scheduled meetings this week to help businesses and emergency responders to prepare for the traffic impacts. Public open houses are also scheduled in mid-March. Both open houses will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. with a presentation at 6 p.m.

· Tuesday, March 18, at Carmel High School, 520 East Main Street

· Wednesday, March 19, at Westfield Middle School, 345 West Hoover Street

For updates on the U.S. 31 closure in Carmel, the public is encouraged to:

Subscribe to the project email newsletter here.

· Text ROADS to 411247 to receive updates on your mobile device (standard text rates apply)

· Follow #US31Closure posts on Facebook or Twitter.

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