U.S. 31 finishes portion of construction

Mayor Andy Cook, left, celebrates the fact that all traffic signals are removed from U.S. 31 in Westfield with INDOT Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson. (Submitted photo)

Mayor Andy Cook, left, celebrates the fact that all traffic signals are removed from U.S. 31 in Westfield with INDOT Commissioner Brandye Hendrickson. (Submitted photo)

Earlier this month, the U.S. 31 freeway through Westfield completely opened.

According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, the final traffic shift opened all lanes, placing the traffic in the permanent route.

“Upgrading U.S. 31 to freeway standards has helped open the door for Westfield to compete for national economic development projects,” stated Mayor Andy Cook in a press release from INDOT. “The U.S. 31 freeway has brought Westfield about 15 minutes closer to Indianapolis and the Indianapolis International Airport. Combine that with development projects like Grand Park, and now our family-focused community is being recognized as one of the best places to raise a family.”

The Westfield portion of U.S. 31 is three lanes going both directions between 146th Street and Ind. 32, and two lanes both directions between Ind. 32 and Ind. 38.

The speed limit has returned to 55 mph, with drivers advised to remain cautious as some contractors will be finishing work through the Westfield corridor.

Construction continues through Carmel, with roundabout interchanges at 106th and 116th Streets expected to be open by the end of the year. New ramps from U.S. 31 to I-465 are currently being worked on, and the plan is to have all ramps open to I-465 from U.S. 31 by the end of the year. Construction is expected to continue into 2016 for some projects on the freeway.

Once the Carmel contract is complete, 32 stop lights will have been removed between Indianapolis and South Bend via U.S. 31.

For more, visit us31hamiltoncounty.in.gov.