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Wider intersection, new turn lanes part of summertime facelift

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Commuters taking a major road to and from Indianapolis should see less congestion once a contruction project is completed this summer.

The Indiana Department of Transportation is planning a $418,500 intersection reconstruction project at State Road 135 and Edgewood Avenue on the southside starting in May. The project will add new turn lanes in an effort to reduce traffic congestion.

More than 33,000 vehicles passed through the intersection daily during the most recent traffic count taken in 2000, and traffic on the two-lane road tends to back up, department of transportation Greenfield district media relations director Harry Maginity said.

The project will add a right- turn lane in the northbound lanes of State Road 135 as well as left- turn lanes in both directions on Edgewood Avenue. The intersection also will be widened for large vehicles to make turns.

The project is expected to be completed by Oct. 15, Maginity said.

Calumet Civil Contractors of Whitestown is planning to do the work between the morning and evening rush hours and could do some work at night. The road is not expected to be closed, but traffic might be reduced to one lane during construction, Maginity said.

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