Springtime road construction starts in Michiana

The onset of the spring months means construction crews will be hitting the pavement to make necessary repairs to local roads.

Michiana roadways saw some lane restrictions and closures that went into effect on Monday to make way for two separate projects in the area.

The intersection of Auten Rd. and Ironwood Rd. is closed for the construction of a roundabout and other improvements. Many drivers made their way down Ironwood only to have to make a U-turn when they reached the start of the roadwork.

Drivers east of the intersection will want to take Hickory Rd. down to Cleveland Rd. to avoid the closure. Those west of the intersection can use State Line Rd., SR 933 and Cleveland Rd. as detours.

Meanwhile, one lane is open in each direction at the five point intersection to make room for a slew of changes. Crews are removing pavement and putting in storm sewers as part of a bigger and longer term project.

According to Matt Deitchley, INDOT spokesperson, “it will be drastically different, you won’t recognize this intersection once this project is complete. Its added a travel lane, two lanes in each direction. Twyckenham to Perley School. And then in addition to that were going to reroute entire roadway.”

Deitchley says the entire project should be completed by the fall of 2014, so drivers should expect that area to be a construction zone for the next year and factor in extra time to deal with back-ups and additional traffic.

The Ironwood-Auten construction is scheduled to wrap up by August of this year.

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