Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

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November 1, 2008

U.S. 31 bypass work begins

County Road 200 South closes Monday for construction.

Workers will converge on 200 South Monday to begin work on a bridge for the new U.S. 31 bypass, state officials announced.

The work site is about a quarter mile east of 200 East in Taylor Township, between Harbeck and Izaak Walton roads, near the Walton Lake Estates subdivision.

Barricades will go up early Monday where 200 South intersects with 200 East and 300 East, although the road will be closed, local traffic will be permitted into the work site.

HIS Constructors, Indianapolis, is expected to immediately begin demolition of a house in the work site right of way. The company was low bidder on the $2.47 million bridge project, and will construct a bridge to carry 200 South over the new bypass.

Gov. Mitch Daniels joined a host of local leaders at the site earlier this fall to turn the first shovelfulls of dirt on what will eventually be a $340 million, six-year project.

The 200 South bridge was the first contract awarded for the bypass project.

The new road, which will run from a mile south of the Howard/Tipton county line to the northern leg of U.S. 35 in northern Howard County, will be an interstate-quality bypass around Kokomo.

HIS work crews will begin clearing right of way immediately for the bridge project and are expected to begin utility relocations around Nov. 10, Indiana Department of Transportation officials said.

In the spring, crews will begin excavation for the bridge itself. It will be a two-span structure, 200 feet in length.

The bridge and the bypass are both part of the Daniels’ administration’s Major Moves highway program, funded through a 75-year lease on the Indiana Toll Road.

Current information — continuously updated — about the U.S. 31 Kokomo Corridor project can be found at www.in.gov/indot/div/projects/us31/kokomo.

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