HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) today awarded its first construction contract for U.S. 31 Hamilton County freeway upgrades through Carmel and Westfield. Beaty Construction of Boggstown submitted the lowest of six bids to widen the 146th Street bridge over U.S. 31 for $6.3 million.
The existing 146th Street bridge over U.S. 31 will not be replaced, but expanded with new beams and modified concrete retaining walls to accommodate a future interchange at that location. By Thanksgiving, 146th Street will be widened to four traffic lanes in each direction between the Clay Terrace Boulevard and Greyhound Pass intersections. During bridge construction, 146th Street will be restricted to one lane in each direction with nighttime lane closures on U.S. 31 below as needed.
INDOT has also advertised a contract to build the first U.S. 31 Hamilton County interchange at State Road 38, near the north end of the project. Contractor bids will be opened this February and, once construction begins, it is expected to take approximately two years to complete.
Gov. Mitch Daniels’ Major Moves program is upgrading or bypassing congested sections of U.S. 31 that, when completed, are expected to cut a half hour off travel time between Indianapolis and South Bend. Upgrading the existing highway between I-465 and State Road 38 to Federal interstate standards will be, in terms of dollars, the largest and most aggressive road project ever attempted in Hamilton County. The U.S. 31 Hamilton County project is 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.
INDOT anticipates construction on both contracts will begin this spring, but contractors are responsible for setting their own schedules to ensure on-time completion. View preliminary designs for each of the U.S. 31 Hamilton County interchanges at www.us31hamiltoncounty.in.gov/interchanges.html.