New U.S. 31 to Open Today

US 31Expect traffic delays today as traffic shifts to the new U.S. 31 between South Bend and Plymouth.

INDOT crews will begin changing traffic to the new alignment of U.S. 31 after 9 a.m. ET. Traffic may be slowed or stopped as crews move barricades, barrels and other traffic control devices. To avoid delays, avoid access points for the new U.S. 31 until after 1 p.m. ET today.

Three interchanges will open today. Those interchanges are located at Kern Road in South Bend, State Road 4 in Lakeville and U.S. 6 in LaPaz. A fourth interchange will open once construction at 7th Road near Plymouth is finished later this year.

This is the second phase of the U.S. 31 construction project between Indianapolis and South Bend. In November 2013, 13 miles of new U.S. 31 freeway opened just east of Kokomo. Today, 20 miles of divided, four-lane highway between the U.S 20 bypass in South Bend and U.S. 30 near Plymouth will open to traffic. The final 13 miles north of Indianapolis will open to traffic the end of 2015.

This project, when complete, will eliminate 32 traffic signals from Indianapolis which will increase safety and travel time.