Weekday construction delays possible on US 31 near State Road 28 in Tipton

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TIPTON, Ind. — Drivers on northbound and southbound U.S. 31 near Indiana 28 may experience intermittent, short-term traffic restrictions and brief delays during  the daylight hours Wednesday through Friday, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation.

During those times, crews will be stationing equipment for construction of the new bridge pier in the highway median.

Rieth-Riley Construction Company has started construction of a new bridge that will carry Indiana 28 over U.S. 31 at the new interchange being built near Tipton.

US 31 and SR 28 construction

US 31 and SR 28 construction

Motorists may encounter slow or stopped traffic as cranes and other equipment are moved from the shoulders to the median.

Crews are driving steel piles to provide foundational support for the new bridge’s abutments and center pier. People in the area may hear recurring loud impact noises as the pile driving equipment pounds the beams into the ground.

Rieth-Riley Construction, INDOT’s contractor for the $10.8 million interchange project, is currently building up earth embankments for the new interchange ramps and bridge approaches.

Motorists in the area should be alert for flaggers  controlling traffic on Indiana 28 and abide by reduced speed limits through the work zone.

For more information about the project, go to http://www.in.gov/indot/3289.htm.