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New US 31 route to open this week

SOUTH BEND – State highway officials said the new stretch of U.S. 31 between South Bend and Plymouth will open to traffic this week.

The Indiana Department of Transportation said drivers will be able to start using the 20-mile section of divided, four-lane highway on Thursday.

Some lane restrictions will remain near the northern end of the new highway near the U.S. 20 bypass in South Bend and its interchange with U.S. 30 near Plymouth.

The $221 million project includes three new interchanges and one that remains under construction.

It’s part of a reconstruction project for U.S. 31 linking Indianapolis and South Bend. Other major parts include the new bypass around Kokomo and highway upgrades in the northern suburbs of Indianapolis.