Road work begins on US 31 in Hamilton Co. - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Road work begins on US 31 in Hamilton Co.

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Hamilton County - Work is underway on a major road project in Hamilton County.

Crews are upgrading US 31 to freeway standards from I-465 north to State Road 38. Beginning Monday (April 18th, 2011), look for lane closures and speed limit changes along the 13-mile stretch.

When complete, there will be new interchanges to help with the congestion.

The project is the most expensive and most aggressive road project ever attempted in Hamilton County. The target completion date is this fall.

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The $600 million Major Moves project will upgrade the existing highway through Carmel and Westfield to interstate standards, removing roughly 10 minutes travel time and 13 stoplights between I-465 and State Road 38.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday at Washington Township's MacGregor Park and Nature Preserve, which had its entrance onto U.S. 31 relocated last year with a new access road. Construction begins this week on the $19.6 million U.S. 31 Hamilton County freeway exit at S.R. 38. Twin bridges will carry U.S. 31 over a low spot at S.R. 38 that has been the site of serious red light-running crashes. As part of the project's environmental commitments, the S.R. 38 ramp entering northbound U.S. 31 will be "folded" into the southeast corner to avoid land impacts to MacGregor Park.

Work is also underway on a $6.3 million project to widen the existing 146th Street bridge over U.S. 31. The next construction contract, which is scheduled for bid this fall, stretches from the Monon Trail in Carmel to Greyhound Pass. It will rebuild and reconfigure U.S. 31 in the area, creating new ramps connecting with 146th Street and twin bridges over Range Line Road at Clay Terrace.

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