Governor Pence Officially Opens New U.S. 31 Plymouth to South Bend

Portion near Lakeville named Mangus Memorial Highway

August 27, 2014

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. – Governor Mike Pence today joined Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, the U.S. 31 Coalition and other community members to celebrate and officially open 20 miles of new U.S. 31 freeway between Plymouth and South Bend.

“Indiana is finishing what we started by upgrading three congested sections of U.S. 31 between Indianapolis and South Bend,” Governor Pence said. “The new U.S. 31 in Marshall and St. Joseph counties will provide a safer, smoother ride as drivers hit our highways for fall festivals and football games.”

Mangus Memorial Highway

During the ceremony, Governor Pence dedicated a portion of U.S. 31 near Lakeville as the “Richard W. Mangus Memorial Highway.” Mangus, a native and life-long resident of Lakeville, was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1972 and served with distinction until 2004. Mangus was an early supporter of the new U.S. 31 route through the area and passed away before the project broke ground in 2008.

About the New U.S. 31

The new U.S. 31 is 20 miles of divided, four-lane highway between the U.S. 20 Bypass in South Bend and U.S. 30 near Plymouth. In between, traffic is only able to access the new freeway through entrance and exit ramps at three interchanges: Kern Road (South Bend), State Road 4 (Lakeville) and U.S. 6 (LaPaz).

A fourth interchange at 7th Road near Plymouth is under construction and will open to traffic by the end of this year. Some lane restrictions will remain on the north end of the project near South Bend and the south end near Plymouth through the end of the year as construction continues.

About U.S. 31 from South Bend to Indianapolis

The U.S. 31 projects near South Bend, Kokomo and Indianapolis are a key part of the Major Moves construction program supported by the 2006 lease of the Indiana Toll Road. They are intended to reduce congestion, improve safety and provide continuity of commerce and regional travel for a U.S. highway that stretches from Michigan to Alabama.

In November 2013, Governor Pence opened 13 miles of new U.S. 31 freeway just east of Kokomo. When the final 13 miles north of Indianapolis open to traffic the end of 2015, a total of 32 traffic signals will have been removed from U.S. 31 between Indianapolis and South Bend, increasing safety and saving a half hour of travel time.

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