By Michael Henrich
WESTFIELD, Ind. (Sept. 4, 2014) -- Parents, students and staff of two Westfield schools must start using a detour to get to class Thursday as the next phase of construction begins on nearby U.S. 31.
As part of the Indiana Department of Transportation's (INDOT) New U.S. 31 Hamilton County project, eastbound traffic on State Road 32 will shift to the south lanes at or after 4 p.m. Thursday. About one week later, INDOT said the westbound traffic will shift to the south lanes as well in a configuration that will last until the end of October.
The shifts are allowing crews to work on new U.S. 31 and S.R. 32 approaches, as well as a roundabout where S.R. 32 meets Poplar Street and Shamrock Boulevard, INDOT said.
As a result, INDOT said the intersection of S.R. 32 and Shamrock Boulevard will close.
"That’s also the entrance to [Westfield Intermediate School and Westfield Middle School], so we have been working with the City of Westfield, with law enforcement [and] with the school system to make sure that we can mitigate any impact that closure is going to have," said INDOT spokesperson Nathan Riggs.
Riggs said the schools can be accessed through a detour on Westlea Drive and Creekwood Drive.
A representative from Westfield Washington Schools told FOX59 by phone that the school system has reached out to parents and staff to inform them of the impending detour and posted more information on its website.
"We've met with neighborhood associations and with local homeowners, residents, just to let them know what’s coming and to minimize any inconveniences," Riggs said. "But, again, there's no way of getting these improvements in place without having some sort of impact."