Yes, that’s right. First they take our airport freedoms, and next they take our roads. The Government has annexed Old Meridian and US-31 for a significant construction project, something you might have experienced indirectly as traffic is forced to take unusual thoroughfares to it’s myriad of destinations.
If you’ve been living within a nuclear bunker below a very thick shelf of rock, allow me to explain the scale of this project—houses are going to be demolished as two-lane roads are expanded to four-lane roads. The main thoroughfare between the south U.S and North U.S in our region—I refer to more states than just Indiana– happens to be US-31; shutting it down reroutes lots and lots and lots of traffic to new routes, which affects about every Indiana driver in one way or another. Imagine shutting down a metaphorical main street that half the town uses to get to work and go home. Everyone that takes other roads will be seeing the main street drivers on their roads en masse, which is not a fun experience as it makes everything slower for everyone.
This project is likely to continue for six to eight months, but according to INDOT (Indiana Department of Transportation), it would likely have taken a few months longer if this had been done in 2015, more specifically two to four months longer, which could’ve resulted in the construction taking up to ten months or more. This is not a total road shutdown, however, as access can be made through 131st street and, with time, 126th street, once the construction on 131st street is complete. The main detour route will be through Keystone Parkway. Pennsylvania and Illinois streets will be local convenience routes. INDOT claims that worker safety is one of the main reasons they’ve chosen to begin the construction now, and has cited that with more lanes, traffic will flow better and eight miles of redundant traffic signals will be removed. All in all, this is probably a change for the better if we’re going to ignore public transportation possibilities. Once the road is done, traffic will flow easier.
That is, until the population increases and roads need to be bigger again, but we’ll widen that road when we come to it.