Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

September 13, 2013

U.S. 31 switches lanes

'Flyover' bridge is ready for service.

From staff reports
Kokomo Tribune

---- — Northbound U.S. 31 traffic south of Kokomo will be shifted onto the new “flyover” bridge starting late Friday night or early Saturday morning, Indiana Department of Transportation officials announced.

The change will affect the traffic patterns at the southern end of the new U.S. 31 bypass, just south of the Howard/Tipton county line.

The change will start with northbound motorists being routed onto the new bridge, which will serve as the permanent route for northbound traffic to connect to the “old” U.S. 31.

In a few days’ time, southbound traffic on U.S. 31 will also be shifted onto the flyover bridge.

As soon as that happens, work crews with Walsh Construction will start removing the southbound lanes’ pavement.

The new configuration will have a single southbound lane pushing out slightly to the west before returning to meet the old/new 31 junction just north of Tipton County Road 600 North.

When the terminus work is finished, the flyover bridge will carry northbound traffic toward old U.S. 31, and the southbound traffic from old U.S. 31 will funnel down the new one-lane stretch to the southern junction.

The Indiana Department of Transportation will make a major shift in the U.S. Highway 31 traffic pattern at the freeway’s south terminus—just south of the Howard-Tipton County line—where construction activities are in high gear. The exiting U.S. 31 route into Kokomo will be greatly altered—beginning tomorrow night, weather permitting.