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Re: More US 31 upgrades between Indy and South Bend
« Reply #526 on: September 05, 2022, 09:55:22 PM »

Some random notes from a trip up US-31 from Indianapolis this afternoon:

- The overpass construction at the railroad tracks just north of IN-28 was causing about a 4-mile backup in the southbound lanes, since right now the construction zone chokes down traffic to one lane in each direction. They certainly can't get that part finished fast enough.

- Otherwise, the upgrades between IN-38 and Kokomo to remove stoplights seem to be working well. I didn't have to make any stops on my way north until I got to IN-218 west just north of Grissom Air Base. It helps that traffic northbound was relatively lighter than southbound, which was basically bumper to bumper.

- Not bypassing Cassville while building out the Kokomo bypass seems short-sighted. Now InDOT has to figure out how to eliminate direct access to US-31 at some future point without completely isolating Cassville. Maybe it's ultimately cheaper than extending the bypass another mile or two, but it makes for a bit of a jarring re-entry into surface 4-lane from the fully limited access freeway bypass.

- At this point, the stoplights between Kokomo and Plymouth are going to stand out more and more as safety issues, as the lights farther south get removed. North of Grissom the wider ROW and limited driveway and side-road access makes it feel safer, but then *SURPRISE* here's a stoplight! I didn't time the yellow light duration, but coming down from full speed they feel a bit short. If not being forced to stop by other traffic, I notice truckers tend to blow through yellows even after a second or two after turning red.

- Besides removing stoplights, I would like InDOT to prioritize eliminating any side road/driveway access within at least 1/2 mile of the US-30 and US-24 interchanges. The US-24 interchange has a lot going on at each end, and US-30's interchange comes with relatively little warning coming northbound.
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Re: More US 31 upgrades between Indy and South Bend
« Reply #527 on: September 06, 2022, 07:53:19 PM »

- At this point, the stoplights between Kokomo and Plymouth are going to stand out more and more as safety issues, as the lights farther south get removed. North of Grissom the wider ROW and limited driveway and side-road access makes it feel safer, but then *SURPRISE* here's a stoplight! I didn't time the yellow light duration, but coming down from full speed they feel a bit short. If not being forced to stop by other traffic, I notice truckers tend to blow through yellows even after a second or two after turning red.
that's cause in Illinois you have red light cameras many places but never in Indiana, so safe to keep going

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Re: More US 31 upgrades between Indy and South Bend
« Reply #528 on: October 02, 2022, 07:33:50 PM »

Norfolk Southern is replacing rail through the US 31 Tipton area. US 31 will be completely closed for periods over the next three days. So will parallel county roads. Thatíll be messy.

Good news is that the rail bridge project is coming along. At least one overhead span is up.

Meanwhile the two new Hamilton County interchanges are also well under way.
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Re: More US 31 upgrades between Indy and South Bend
« Reply #529 on: October 02, 2022, 11:44:57 PM »

Norfolk Southern is replacing rail through the US 31 Tipton area. US 31 will be completely closed for periods over the next three days. So will parallel county roads. Thatíll be messy.

Good news is that the rail bridge project is coming along. At least one overhead span is up.

NS couldn't have waited for the SBD US-31 overpass to open up before replacing that section of track? It's literally within a month or two of opening up!
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Re: More US 31 upgrades between Indy and South Bend
« Reply #530 on: October 03, 2022, 01:11:34 AM »

Norfolk Southern is replacing rail through the US 31 Tipton area. US 31 will be completely closed for periods over the next three days. So will parallel county roads. Thatíll be messy.

Good news is that the rail bridge project is coming along. At least one overhead span is up.

NS couldn't have waited for the SBD US-31 overpass to open up before replacing that section of track? It's literally within a month or two of opening up!

The crossing itself was really rough the last time I drove over it a few weeks ago, particularly heading southbound. We slowed down to around 10-15 mph to go over the bump.
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Re: More US 31 upgrades between Indy and South Bend
« Reply #531 on: November 23, 2022, 05:05:43 PM »

Tipton County- The new bridge over the NS RR is now open for southbound US 31 traffic. The northbound traffic will continue on the old alignment this winter. One lane is open in each direction. Project completion perhaps a year out.
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Re: More US 31 upgrades between Indy and South Bend
« Reply #532 on: November 23, 2022, 05:37:39 PM »

Tipton County- The new bridge over the NS RR is now open for southbound US 31 traffic. The northbound traffic will continue on the old alignment this winter. One lane is open in each direction. Project completion perhaps a year out.

I was up there and can confirm this. I also drove 28 and it is still signed in Tipton
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Re: More US 31 upgrades between Indy and South Bend
« Reply #533 on: November 25, 2022, 12:50:25 AM »

Looking at INDOT's construction map, here are the projects that will be happening on the US 31 corridor within the next few years (2023-2027) other than preservation maintenance (bridge deck overlay, concrete pavement restoration, etc.).

2023:
  • Access Control from .46 mile North of State Route 38 to .6 mile south of 236th St
  • New Bridge over US 31 at 226th Street
  • New Interchange Construction at US 31 Business south of Peru? (not 100% sure/confirmed if this project is breaking ground next year)
  • New Bridges Construction over Elkhart Western Railroad north of Argos

2024:
  • Access Control from 3.0 miles N of SR 38 to SR 931

2025-2026: no major projects are currently scheduled

2027:
  • New Bridge Construction at 700 N in Fulton County
  • New Interchange Construction at SR 110 on the Fulton/Marshall County Line
  • Access Control between 1.47mi S of SR 110 to 0.31mi S of SR 10 in Fulton and Marshall Counties
  • New Interchange Construction at SR 10 in Argos
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Re: More US 31 upgrades between Indy and South Bend
« Reply #534 on: November 25, 2022, 02:43:00 AM »

I was noticing that north of the intersections leaving Indy the mileage sign going NB that once read:
KOKOMO 29
SOUTH BEND 119
was never reinstalled.

I am guessing that engineers didnít think it was important enough to keep even though it could have been relocated.
« Last Edit: November 25, 2022, 04:06:43 AM by roadman65 »
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Re: More US 31 upgrades between Indy and South Bend
« Reply #535 on: November 25, 2022, 08:46:41 AM »

When US 31 was rebuilt in Hamilton County it was during INDOT's phase where they didn't include much mileage signs (see the US 31 bypass around Kokomo and most of I-69 south of Bloomington.) There's also a lot going on with exits close to each other and little room for the mileage signs anyway. One should have gone up north of SR 38 though. The upcoming interchange project at 236th Street will feature mileage signs and likely the first one heading north of Indianapolis. Kokomo and South Bend will be the destinations on that sign.

The first actual mileage sign is now found north of the SR 28 interchange in Tipton.
https://goo.gl/maps/CRiC3Suru4txuGZq6
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Re: More US 31 upgrades between Indy and South Bend
« Reply #536 on: November 28, 2022, 10:06:14 PM »

Tipton County US 31 Public Information Meeting Dec 7 from 5-7 pm at the Tipton County Fairgrounds.
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Re: More US 31 upgrades between Indy and South Bend
« Reply #538 on: November 30, 2022, 10:35:57 PM »

Please be prepared to allow more time for your travels through the City of Tipton as traffic patterns will be changing with the benefits of the State Road 28 relinquishment. We are taking measures to make our community a much safer place.

Within the next 90-120 days there should be a significant reduction in the non-local truck traffic utilizing Jefferson Street as it passes through our community.

Our goal of making the City of Tipton a much more inviting and pedestrian friendly community is making a huge leap forward with the removal of pass-through traffic on Jefferson Street and Main Street. Please continue to demonstrate the patience and courtesy that have always made Tipton a wonderful place to live and raise a family.
Source: Tipton Mayor and county sheriff office
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Re: More US 31 upgrades between Indy and South Bend
« Reply #539 on: December 06, 2022, 10:15:47 PM »

US 31 Construction Traffic Update (Tipton County Sheriff)

Construction will continue however, all four lanes (both northbound and southbound) of US31 are now open! The intersection at Division Road is also open.

Division stoplight is active. - A  bit of a surprise.

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Re: More US 31 upgrades between Indy and South Bend
« Reply #540 on: December 07, 2022, 09:04:59 AM »

US 31 Construction Traffic Update (Tipton County Sheriff)

Construction will continue however, all four lanes (both northbound and southbound) of US31 are now open! The intersection at Division Road is also open.

Division stoplight is active. - A  bit of a surprise.

is SB on the bridge and NB on the old alignment?
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Re: More US 31 upgrades between Indy and South Bend
« Reply #541 on: December 07, 2022, 11:23:51 AM »

US 31 Construction Traffic Update (Tipton County Sheriff)

Construction will continue however, all four lanes (both northbound and southbound) of US31 are now open! The intersection at Division Road is also open.

Division stoplight is active. - A  bit of a surprise.

is SB on the bridge and NB on the old alignment?

That would be the case. I'm assuming this is just temporary for the winter, and that next spring one lane each way will use the SBD bridge while the NBD bridge is constructed. Google street view on the NBD side at the railroad crossing shows imagery from earlier this summer showing the construction.
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Re: More US 31 upgrades between Indy and South Bend
« Reply #542 on: February 22, 2023, 09:56:33 AM »


The construction contract for the bridge that will take US 31 over the Elkhart Western RR in Marshall County has been awarded.




Google Maps/Streetview

This is the last at-grade railroad crossing on US 31 between Indianapolis and the Michigan state line. The new bridge will be a significant safety upgrade.

Phend & Brown, Inc., a longtime north central Indiana construction firm, was acquired by Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc., in December 2021.

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Re: More US 31 upgrades between Indy and South Bend
« Reply #543 on: March 20, 2023, 04:09:10 PM »

Lane Restrictions and Shifts on U.S. 31 near Tetersburg
TIPTON COUNTY, Ind. - The Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Gradex Inc. announces lane restrictions and shifts on U.S. 31 near Tetersburg.

Beginning on or after, Monday, April 3, crews will place lane restrictions and shifts on U.S. 31 in both directions between S.R. 28 and Division Rd. through late September. The NB U.S. 31 traffic will decrease to a single lane and shift to the newly constructed SB passing lane. This traffic shift will start just north of S.R. 28 to Division Rd. The NB U.S. 31 traffic will then shift back to the existing NB lanes after Division Rd. The SB traffic will decrease to a single lane and shift to the newly constructed SB driving lane.

Division Rd. cross traffic will not be permitted to travel from east to west, but will be able to make right turns on to and off of U.S. 31.
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Re: More US 31 upgrades between Indy and South Bend
« Reply #544 on: March 27, 2023, 06:52:51 PM »

It would be cool to see 31 as compliant with Interstate standards.
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Re: More US 31 upgrades between Indy and South Bend
« Reply #545 on: April 01, 2023, 10:25:46 AM »

It would be cool to see 31 as compliant with Interstate standards.

The traffic counts between Plymouth and Peru really don't warrant it compared to the need to finish 6-laning I-65 and I-70.
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Re: More US 31 upgrades between Indy and South Bend
« Reply #546 on: April 02, 2023, 11:14:43 PM »

It would be cool to see 31 as compliant with Interstate standards.

InDOT's tiptoeing it's way to that eventuality, but it's going to take decades before it becomes reality. The biggest things they can do to improve safety is to keep eliminating stoplights and side-road access wherever they exist. Well, unless there's another Toll Road they can lease off to gullible investors.
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Re: More US 31 upgrades between Indy and South Bend
« Reply #547 on: September 06, 2023, 04:53:47 AM »

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Re: More US 31 upgrades between Indy and South Bend
« Reply #548 on: September 06, 2023, 10:58:18 AM »

Eminent domain being exercised on US 31 Hamilton County corridor: https://fox59.com/indiana-news/more-people-forced-to-move-as-indot-claims-eminent-domain-on-land-on-us-31/

Not surprised that this is happening as INDOT is (slowly) upgrading US 31 to freeway standards, especially between Westfield and Kokomo where the traffic counts are higher than the rest of the corridor.
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Re: More US 31 upgrades between Indy and South Bend
« Reply #549 on: September 06, 2023, 11:44:24 AM »

Relocations are always a part of highway improvements. One part of the story that caught my attention was the owner of Wilson Farm Market's understandable displeasure with having to relocate. If the 256th St. intersection was replaced with an underpass, would that still require the store to be relocated?
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