136th and Keystone Street Closure
Posted on Mar 13th, 2009
For Immediate Release - Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Director of Community Relations
City of Carmel
One Civic Square
Carmel, IN 46032
136th Street Closure to Begin March 16
Construction activity is rapidly progressing for the 136th Street and
Keystone Avenue interchange. This section of the project is being completed by Walsh Construction Company. As part of the construction, 136th Street will be closed on or after Monday, March 16, 2009. Access to Keystone from 136th Street and access to 136th Street from Keystone will not be allowed until approximately August 1st when the full interchange will open to traffic.
Closing 136th Street now will allow the contractor to construct most of the drainage system along 136th Street as well as begin earth moving operations that will need to be in place during the upcoming closure of Keystone Avenue.It is anticipated that Keystone Avenue will close from 131st Street to US 31 on or after Monday, April 13, 2009. This gives us the opportunity to save on construction costs and accelerate the completion date by closing Keystone for 45 days. The full closure of Keystone at this interchange allows the City to save approximately $640,000 in construction costs and open the interchange to traffic prior to the commencement of school in the fall. The City has worked closely with Carmel Clay Schools Transportation Department and the Carmel Police Department to coordinate changes in school traffic to accommodate the closing of Keystone. Buses that previously parked on the north side of the school near the natatorium to unload and load students will more than likely be moved to 131st Street to drop off and pick up students there. Please be aware that near the start (7:50 a.m.) and end (3:05 p.m.) of the school day at Carmel High School, there will be increased traffic and congestion in this area. Please be extra patient and cautious as both the students traveling by bus and those walking to and from school will be present. A little extra planning now may alleviate commuting issues later. Please allow extra time for traveling in this area during the 45-day closure of Keystone Avenue between 131st Street and US 31. The 136th Street interchange is part of the second phase of a three-year project to lower the grade of Keystone Avenue under six major interchanges along the five-mile stretch. When completed, the north-south traffic on Keystone Avenue will be free-flowing with no traffic lights between 96th street and 146th Street, and tear-drop shaped roundabouts will manage the east-west traffic flow.