US Highway 31 opening expected next month

MARSHALL COUNTY — Frustrated motorists traveling north and south along US Highway 31 will receive a break in their driving excursions when the new road between South Bend and Plymouth opens in late August.
According to Matt Deitchley, media relations director for the Laporte INDOT district, there is no definitive date for the opening of the new bypass.
“Things are moving along. We had a hard winter and the frozen ground changed our schedule,” he explained, stating that while construction was not delayed it was extended.
There are some minor restrictions to be expected.
At the end of August, it is expected that the new bypass route will have a ribbon cutting to celebrate its opening.
Deitchley stated there will be “pinch points” at the far north and south South Bend and Plymouth entrances that will limit the traffic to two lanes, but will open up further down the road to the planned four lane highway.
Some construction will be taking place along the edges of the road with work crews, but the highway will be open to traffic.
The project upgraded and realigned US 31 from US 30 in Plymouth to the US 20 bypass in South Bend. Approximately 15 miles of the 20-mile corridor is being built on new terrain east of the existing route.

This story was originally published in the July 23 edition of the Pilot News.