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INDOT encouraging drivers to avoid bypass Wednesday

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A portion of the busy U.S. 20 bypass will be closed on-and-off throughout the day Wednesday, June 5th.

Lane restrictions and the westbound ramp onto North Michigan street has been closed since last Friday.

The Indiana Department of Transportation says the stretch of the road between Ironwood and Michigan Street will be closed in both directions for about 20 minutes at a time about four times throughout the day starting after 7am.

Crews will be setting these beams in place for the Fellows Street Bridge.

"It's a major procedure to do these beams. They're 120 feet long, 7 feet tall and they weigh about 50 tons so we want to make sure when we do this, we do it as safe as possible," says Matt Deitchley with INDOT.

It's all part of the new US 31 project.

The new bridge on Fellows Street will help residents get to neighborhoods that would otherwise be cut off by the new road.

Erika Grayson knows the project all too well. She moved in right next door to the construction about a year ago.

"We bought the house for the quietness and if we would have known, we wouldn't have bought it," says Grayson.

She says she's concerned about the safety of her young son as the project and detours, continue.

"Especially with that street being a dead-end, it's gonna be a lot of traffic," says Grayson.

INDOT is asking you to have patience and hang in there, because once the project is finished, everyone will be happy.

Some drivers are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

"It'll probably be good, after it's all done," says Michael Hooton who takes the bypass to South Bend from New Carlisle.

Deitchley says, "People get frustrated by this road construction and we understand that. All we ask is that you just know we're making this pathway better for you."

INDOT says there will be future disruptions, but not like Wednesday.

Drivers may see lane restrictions and maybe a possible ramp closure as the project continues.

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