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State crews open new 20-mile section of US 31 between South Bend and Plymouth to drivers

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SOUTH BEND, Indiana — State highway officials have opened a new stretch of U.S. 31 between South Bend and Plymouth to traffic.

Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Matt Deitchley says the 20-mile section of divided, four-lane highway was opened to vehicles Thursday morning. He is advising motorists to drive carefully as they adjust to the unfamiliar section of road.

The $221 million section going around the small towns of Lakeville and LaPaz is part of a reconstruction project for U.S. 31 linking Indianapolis and South Bend. Other major parts include the new bypass around Kokomo and highway upgrades being done in the northern suburbs of Indianapolis.

Highway officials say some lane restrictions will remain near South Bend and Plymouth through the end of the year.

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