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Indiana opens new stretch of U.S. 31 between Plymouth and South Bend

Drivers will be able to use the new highway to bypass La Paz and Lakeville on their way to central Indiana.

Posted on Aug. 18, 2014 at 2:02 p.m.

Traveling between Plymouth and South Bend along U.S. 31 will get easier this week.

The Indiana Department of Transportation will open this stretch of the new U.S. 31 Thursday, Aug. 21, according to a news release.

The road includes 20 miles of divided four-lane highway between the U.S. 20 Bypass in South Bend and U.S. 30 near Plymouth.

Taking the new road will allow drivers to bypass the small towns of La Paz and Lakeville, an area that is congested, according to INDOT’s traffic counts from 2000.

On and off points for the new road are at Kern Road in South Bend, S.R. 4 in Lakeville and U.S. 6  in La Paz.

A fourth entrance/exit at Seventh Road near Plymouth is still under construction and will open by the end of 2014, INDOT says.

The portion of the new U.S. 31 bypassing Kokomo opened in November 2013

Find out more about the U.S. 31 project on INDOT’s website.

Follow reporter Lydia Sheaks on Twitter at @LydiaSheaks




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