10:14 AM EDT, April 9, 2012
The big U.S. 31 road construction project is having its first major closure Monday.
The southbound ramp to Keystone Parkway is now closed and is expected to remain that way for the next three months.
The closure allows crews to rebuild the bridge over Cool Creek and the Hagan-Burke Trail.
Southbound drivers will stay on U.S. 31 until I-465.
On Wednesday, both directions of traffic on U.S. 31 will shift to the northbound lanes between 136th and 151st streets.
Drivers are being asked to watch out for narrow lanes, marginal shoulders and a slower speed limit.
Once the 90-day southbound ramp closure is finished, the Keystone Parkway ramp to northbound U.S. 31 will be closed, just north of the 146th Street exit.
That closure is expected to last for approximately 80 days.¿Both closures will affect thousands of drivers over the next six months. Brian McDonald is one of them, but he said he is not worried.
"When they did the roundabouts on Keystone over the last few years, they had to find other ways then,” said McDonald. “So, they'll figure it out."
The entire project will upgrade U.S. 31 to freeway standards from I-465 to State Road 38 with new interchanges between 96th Street at the Marion-Hamilton County line to 216th Street in Westfield.
Click here for more information about the project and road closures.