Pence to cut ribbon on bypass Tuesday
The new U.S. 31 bypass, the $160 million, 13-mile route around the eastern edge of Kokomo, will officially open to traffic Tuesday, Indiana Department of Transportation officials announced last week.
Gov. Mike Pence is scheduled to speak at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m., near the southern terminus of the new road, at which time the road will be opened.
Former Gov. Mitch Daniels broke ground on the new highway in November 2008, for what was at the time expected to be a $340 million, six-year project. Instead, the cost of the road diminished considerably, and the Daniels administration shortened the timeline for the road to finish this year instead of 2015.
When the new road opens, the current U.S. 31 business corridor will be renamed Ind. 931.