The U.S. 31 lane restrictions south of South Bend and the closure of Johnson Road planned for Monday was delayed due to utilities not completing relocations in time.  INDOT will send notification of the new restriction date as soon as the information is available. 

Last week the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced lane restrictions and a road closure beginning Monday on the south side of South Bend, as crew work to tie in the lanes of the new U.S. 31 to existing U.S. 31 over the coming months.

The restriction to one lane in each direction restriction between Kern Road and the U.S. 20 Bypass interchange will be in effect through July. INDOT is working to alleviate any traffic delays and congestion by adjusting traffic signals in the area to facilitate north-south traffic flow. Despite adjustments, traffic volume in the area may lead to back-ups on U.S. 31 and on the U.S. 20 Bypass exit ramp for traffic accessing southbound U.S. 31. Drivers are encouraged to find alternative routes to avoid delays.

In addition, when this project gets started, Johnson Road will be closed permanently at U.S. 31 (both eastbound and westbound) as crews work to build a new Johnson Road bridge which will allow traffic to travel over the new U.S. 31 upon completion of the project.