October 16, 2013

Hoosier Heartland to open Friday

Construction lane restrictions will remain through year's end.

From staff reports

---- — The Indiana Department of Transportation announced the final stretch of the new Ind. 25 Hoosier Heartland between Logansport and Delphi will open to traffic in its entirety Friday, weather permitting.

As a result, drivers will want to plan ahead for the major traffic pattern change affecting the region.

Over the past month, portions of the new Ind. 25 between Logansport and Delphi have opened in phases, most notably the sections around Rockfield and Burrows.

On Friday, all sections of the new roadway will be open to traffic, including those around Delphi and Logansport.

While the roadway will be open, construction continues, prompting some lane restrictions along the new Ind. 25 through the end of the year.

Beginning Friday, traffic will be able to access Logansport by way of the Ind. 25 Burlington Avenue exit.

The Cass County Highway Department issued a press release Wednesday stating 300 South will be closed east of the railroad tracks at Ind. 25 as soon as today. The closure will be permanent and a cul-de-sac will be constructed at the location.

After the traffic switch, there will be no direct access from Old Ind. 25 to the new Ind. 25 for up to 30 days while construction is finished on the connector road near 300 South. All traffic heading south from Logansport on Ind. 25 must access the new highway from 18th Street, Burlington Avenue or Ind. 29 during that time.

There will also temporarily be no access from the new highway to the current U.S. 24/35 bypass at Ivy Tech. The slip ramp for westbound traffic will take up to 30 days to build. The eastbound lanes of existing U.S. 24/35 will be closed east of Kokomo Pike. That closure of the eastbound lanes is permanent.

Existing U.S. 24/35 will still be accessible from Kokomo Pike and from Ind. 29 near the Tyson pork processing plant. Construction in this area will be ongoing, possibly into the spring months.

The new Hoosier Heartland will take traffic around Delphi between the U.S. 421/Ind. 25 interchange and Ind. 218. As a result, Ind. 25 truck traffic will no longer be routed through Delphi.

In addition, Main Street in Delphi will close this Friday near Davis Lane for about a month so crews can complete the new Main Street tie-in for the new Ind. 25.

Following the opening of the final stretch this Friday, the new Ind. 25 will be a 35-mile, four lane, limited access divided highway providing access from Lafayette to Logansport.

On Oct. 23, the completion will be celebrated during a ribbon-cutting at the Logansport Ivy Tech Community College campus.

A luncheon will follow at the Logansport-Cass County Airport, with Indiana Governor Mike Pence in attendance, along with many state and local elected officials and INDOT leaders.