New plan for U.S. 31 cuts costs, time but closes lanes in Carmel

Gov. Mitch Daniels' plan would cut costs and time. However, it could cause some headaches for drivers.

Indianapolis

A plan to speed up construction on U.S. 31 in Hamilton County may actually slow down drivers.

Gov. Mitch Daniels' plan would cut costs and time. However, it could cause some headaches for drivers.

The proposal would call for the complete closure of all four lanes of a portion of U.S. 31 in Carmel.

The ‘Hyperfix’ proposal would affect three areas along U.S. 31: construction work of an overpass at 126th Street and roundabout interchanges at West Main and 136th streets.

Drivers would have to find ways around the closure, but Daniels said the benefits of the proposal exceed the current plan in place. He said construction time would be cut by three years and the proposal could save the state an estimated $50 million.

INDOT's Major Moves project upgrades U.S. 31 to freeway standards from I-465 to State Road 38. By using a law Gov. Daniels signed in 2011, the state can bundle the road construction contracts into one and can also take advantage of the current low construction and financing costs.

Drivers Fox59 spoke with support the project and even more so if it can be completed quicker and cheaper.

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard also supports the governor's new proposal.  An informational Open House to discuss the project will be held at Carmel High School on March 29 from 5 to 8 p.m.  A formal presentation on the plan will take place at 6 p.m.

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