KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — A new bypass along U.S. 31 that circumvents stoplight-plagued Kokomo has opened to motorists, and just in time for Thanksgiving holiday travelers.
The $155 million, 13-mile freeway section that allows travelers to avoid 15 traffic lights through the city opened Tuesday afternoon once road crews removed barricades along the new roadway.
The opening came a few hours after a ceremonial ribbon cutting attended by Gov. Mike Pence, Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight and other officials. After the ribbon-cutting, a caravan of cars traveled the new highway and crews began removing barricades.
Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Harry Maginity says the highway officially opened to traffic about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday.
The new bypass replaces a bypass that had opened in 1952 but eventually became lined with stoplights that created traffic backups.