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[INDOT] Governor Pence Officially Opens New U.S. 31 in Kokomo
Start Date: 11/26/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 11/26/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Governor Pence Officially Opens New U.S. 31 in Kokomo

New freeway welcomes Thanksgiving travelers to avoid 15 stoplights

KOKOMO, Ind. – Governor Mike Pence today joined Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight, the U.S. 31 Coalition, the Indiana Department of Transportation and other public officials to celebrate completion of the eagerly anticipated U.S. 31 freeway corridor in Kokomo.

“Indiana is finishing what we started by upgrading three congested sections of U.S. 31 between Indianapolis and South Bend,” Governor Pence said. “Kokomo is known as ‘The City of Firsts’ so it is appropriate that U.S. 31 in Kokomo is the first new corridor to welcome through traffic—under budget and ahead of schedule—just in time for the Thanksgiving travel holiday.”

Following a ceremonial ribbon cutting, the first caravan of cars traveled the new 13-mile highway, which will open to traffic later today. The $155 million section allows through traffic to avoid 15 traffic signals and more than 130 access points on the preexisting U.S. 31 through Kokomo, which is being renamed State Road 931.

The four-lane, divided freeway extends just to the east of Kokomo and, in addition to the S.R. 931 junctions at either end, includes five interchanges at U.S. 35, S.R. 26, Touby Pike, U.S. 35/S.R. 22 and East Boulevard/CR 100 S. U.S. 35 is being realigned as well to run concurrent with U.S. 31 for a portion of the corridor.

Earlier this month, Governor Pence announced that all $722 million in Major Moves construction contracts had been awarded between Indianapolis and South Bend. When the final Hamilton County section opens to traffic at the end of 2015, a total of 32 traffic signals will have been removed from the drive, saving a half hour of travel time.

The 20-mile U.S. 31 corridor between U.S. 30 in Plymouth and the U.S. 20 bypass in South Bend includes 15 miles of new highway alignment and four new interchanges. The $225 million section is scheduled to open to traffic by the end of 2014. The $342 million U.S. 31 Hamilton County project upgrades 13 miles of existing U.S. 31 between I-465 in Carmel and State Road 38 near Westfield, including nine new interchanges.

Earlier this year INDOT announced a separate project to build a new U.S. 31 interchange at State Road 28 near the 800,000-square-foot Chrysler Tipton Transmission Plant. Construction of the estimated $17 million interchange is scheduled to begin in 2015.

The U.S. 31 projects are intended to reduce congestion, improve safety and provide continuity of commerce and regional travel for a U.S. highway that stretches from Michigan to Alabama. 

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