Delays expected as new closures start today around U.S. 31

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CARMEL, Ind. (Mar. 10, 2014) — New delays and traffic headaches are expected Monday as the Indiana Department of Transportation closes a major street and continues to turn U.S. 31 into a limited-access freeway.

From Monday through the fall, INDOT is closing 131st Street/Main Street in Carmel from Illinois to Pennsylvania streets.  That means commuters will not be able to access U.S. 31 from that street for more than half a year.

“I don’t know what everybody’s going to do,” Carmel resident Samantha Taylor told FOX59 News.  “It’s going to be hard.”

Instead, INDOT said commuters can detour and use Carmel Drive/126th Street to access U.S. 31.

Commuters who spoke with FOX59 News said they are concerned about the traffic on side streets and additional time on their daily drive time, while remaining understanding of the overall project.

“I’m sure it’ll make things flow much nicer when it’s done, but the whole project is going to make everything a nightmare for the next several months,” said Emily Seale, another Carmel resident.

The New U.S. 31 Hamilton County project is turning the major roadway into a limited-access freeway, similar to the experience on Keystone Parkway.

As soon as April 4, INDOT said U.S. 31 itself will be closed between Old Meridian and 136th streets, causing further headaches and diverting more traffic onto side roads unaccustomed to–and potentially unprepared to handle–such congestion.

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