Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Phend & Brown Inc will begin a $28.7 million project to construct new bridges on U.S. 31 over Elkhart Western Railroad between 13th Rd and 14th Rd on or after Monday, April 3, reducing U.S. 31 to one lane in each direction.

Lane closures will begin with the inside left passing lanes closed in each direction to build crossovers for future phases of work. When the crossovers are complete, southbound U.S. 31 will be converted to two-way traffic while the bridge on northbound U.S. 31 is constructed during phase one.

Due to the location of the work zone, access and turning movements between U.S. 31 and 13th Rd and 14th Rd will be impacted throughout construction. Local detours will be provided for traffic wanting to cross U.S. 31 at 13th Rd or 14th Rd or make left turns. Right turns between U.S. 31 and 13th Rd and 14th Rd will be permitted.  

This is a multi-year project ending in 2025 so motorists should be prepared for long-term lane closures between 13th Rd and 14th Rd. INDOT encourages drivers to allow extra time when driving through this area and follow traffic directions carefully. Motorists should slow down, exercise caution and drive distraction-free through all work zones.