INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Many of you are likely hitting the road Thursday to head to your Thanksgiving destination. We’re getting a check on the status of road projects around central Indiana and seeing how they will affect you through the entire holiday season.
Ask anyone in Hamilton County, and they’ll tell you, construction on U.S. 31 is more than just an annoyance.
“We have a salon and we have a lot of clients it’s inconvenienced regularly,” said Grant Brown.
INDOT said they’re still confident the roadway will be mostly completed by the end of 2015.
“Contractors and the Indiana Department of Transportation still maintains its goal of being able to get all the new interchange ramps open and free-flowing freeway traffic on U.S. 31 north of I-465 before the end of this year,” said Nathan Riggs, with INDOT.
Crews still have to finish bridges for U.S. 31 traffic over 106th and 116th Streets. Currently, U.S. 31 traffic travels over on and off ramps, controlled by signals.
Crews must also complete one flyover ramp from Interstate 465 to U.S. 31. Another ramp is already done and open.
“Just like how this entire project has gone, there’s going to be some traffic shifts and changes with traffic patterns over the next couple of weeks, that we think will have an improvement in the overall traffic flow,” said Riggs.
The changes aren’t limited to the north side this holiday season. INDOT recently finished an expansion of I-65 lanes between Greenwood and Southport Road. Work continues to add lanes on I-65 between Greenwood and Franklin, with major road repair work continuing between Franklin and Edinburgh.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, INDOT officially opened the first diverging diamond interchange in central Indiana on Wednesday at Worthsville Road and Interstate 65. INDOT officials along with the city of Greenwood cut the ribbon earlier this week.
Back in Hamilton County, those who drive U.S. 31 daily anxiously await when construction barrels will leave for good.
“It’s definitely been a pain,” said Veronica Robinson, “I’ll be super happy once it’s finished.
Riggs said as with any road project, weather always plays a factor, meaning if we get snow and cold temperatures in the next month, that could push the timetable back.