US 31 Set to Open and Ribbon Cutting to Followby Indiana Department of Transportation on August 18, 2014
New US 31 opens Thursday, Aug. 21
Some restrictions remain through the end of the year as construction continues
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces the New US 31 between South Bend and Plymouth opens to traffic this Thursday, Aug. 21. Some restrictions will remain on the north end of the project near South Bend and the south end near Plymouth through the end of the year as construction continues.
The new US 31 is 20 miles of divided, four-lane highway between the US 20 Bypass in South Bend and US 30 near Plymouth. In between, traffic will only be able to access the new alignment by way of entrance and exit ramps. Three interchanges will open this Thursday: Kern Road (South Bend), State Road 4 (Lakeville) and U.S. 6 (LaPaz). A fourth interchange at 7th Road near Plymouth is under construction and will open to traffic by the end of 2014.
INDOT urges drivers to watch for other motorists as they adjust to the new traffic patterns. Below are a map of the project and a north-to-south explanation of access to the new highway.
New US 31, South Bend:
The new US 31 alignment diverts from the existing US 31 just south of the Jackson Road Bridge, near the US 20 Bypass. Traffic will not be able to enter or exit Old US 31 at this location.
The Kern Road interchange is the first exit on the new US 31. Traffic should use this exit to access Old US 31 and surrounding neighborhoods. Kern Road and US 31 ramp traffic will meet at one intersection beneath the interchange bridge, similar to the nearby US 20 Bypass entrance/exit at Ironwood Road. Stop signs will control traffic when the highway opens on Thursday, and a signal will be installed to control traffic beneath the bridge by the end of September.
One lane of traffic in each direction, between the US 20 Bypass and Kern Road through the end of 2014.
Old US 31 will be closed between Main Street and Hildebrand Street through the end of 2014.
Old US 31 will dead end at Hildebrand Street permanently by the end of 2014.
New US 31, Lakeville:
The State Road 4 interchange is the second exit on the new US 31. Traffic should use this exit to access State Road 4/Pierce Road, Old US 31, and Lakeville.
New US 31, LaPaz
The US 6 interchange is the third exit on the new US 31. Traffic should use this exit to access US 6, Old US 31, and LaPaz.
New US 31, Plymouth area:
The 7th Road interchange is the fourth exit on the new US 31, but will not be completed and accessible until the end of 2014. Once complete, traffic will use this exit to access 7th Road and Plymouth.
The new US 31 alignment returns to existing US 31 alignment just north of US 30. Traffic will not be able to enter or exit Old US 31 at this location.
One lane of traffic in each direction between the 7th Road interchange (under construction) and US 30 through the end of 2014.
Indiana is finishing what we’ve started to open up congested areas of US 31 between Indianapolis and South Bend. In November 2013, 13 miles of new US 31 freeway opened just east of Kokomo. When the final 13 miles north of Indianapolis open to traffic the end of 2015, a total of 32 traffic signals will have been removed from the drive, increasing safety and saving a half hour of travel time.