INDOT reopened Ind. 38 to thru traffic at U.S. 31 on Aug. 27. Access to or from U.S. 31 is expected to remain closed until Oct. 1.
Ind. 38 was closed between Anthony and Dunbar roads on May 1 to reconstruct the highway, improve sight distance and connect the interchange ramps. The closure was expected to last until Sept. 1, but it reopened almost one week early.
The interchange ramps are expected to open by October and all work on the project should be complete by November. A work zone speed limit of 35 mph will remain in place on Ind. 38 through the project completion date.
The $19.6 million interchange construction contract at the former intersection of U.S. 31 and Ind. 38 is part of the new U.S. 31 Hamilton County initiative to upgrade the freeway standards from I-465 to SR 38.When the interchange is complete, twin two-lane bridges on U.S. 31 will overpass Ind. 38 and a ramp system will connect the two highways. The northbound U.S. 31 bridge opened to traffic in December 2011, and the southbound bridge is expected to be completed this year.