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June 23, 2013

Caution: Road work ahead

Road work, construction projects abound for city, county, region

Summer construction season is full of snarls, but it also signifies tax dollars at work for many Hoosiers. The Kokomo Tribune has compiled a list of construction projects going on throughout the area, including road paving and chip seal projects whenever available, to keep you moving through the summer.

The project with the biggest price tag and the largest potential for public inconvenience is slated to be complete this year. The U.S. 31 Kokomo project is a new four-lane divided limited-access freeway that bypasses Kokomo to the east. The project involves six new interchanges in a 13-mile stretch. The project cost is estimated at $155 million and is slated for completion by December 2013.

The multi-year project began construction in late 2008, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation website. Four stretches of work are under construction in 2013, spanning the entire length of the project.

The project is expected to reduce travel time through the area by about 10 minutes as traffic gets heavier on the highway.

Currently, both northbound and southbound traffic is reduced to a single lane – one in each direction – on the existing northbound side of the roadway from 400 North to Ida Drive.

On Monday, southbound traffic will begin using the new roadway going southbound. Northbound traffic will continue to be reduced to a single lane on the existing northbound side of the roadway. This traffic pattern will remain in place for about a week as construction crews move concrete barriers and apply pavement markings, according to an INDOT press release.

At the end of the day Friday, it is anticipated northbound traffic will be reduced to a single lane on the southbound side. This is remain in place until all new corridor tie-ins are completed in late fall.

Primco of Fort Wayne is the contractor for the north terminus section of the project.

INDOT’s TrafficWise website shows the highway is reduced to a single lane between 500 North and 700 North in Tipton County as a new bridge is built. It also shows two miles south of Kokomo, between W 600 North and W 500 South, construction work is underway through Nov. 29.

To Kokomo’s north, construction work is underway in both directions of travel between East Gano Street and West 550 North until Nov. 17. Lane width restrictions are in place.

For traffic and construction updates, call 1-800-261-ROAD (7623).

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