The ramp off Mt. Comfort Road to I-70 westbound is scheduled to close on or after May 9 and reopen in early July. Submitted image
The ramp off Mt. Comfort Road to I-70 westbound is scheduled to close on or after May 9 and reopen in early July. Submitted image
HANCOCK COUNTY — Interstate 70 is getting a new travel lane through much of western Hancock County.

The project, slated to take place over multiple construction seasons, will add a lane on I-70 between County Road 700W and State Road 9, according to a news release from the Indiana Department of Transportation.

This year, construction will focus on I-70 between County Road 700W and Sugar Creek.

The ramp off Mt. Comfort Road to I-70 westbound is scheduled to close on or after May 9 and reopen in early July.

Construction on the entire project is expected to be complete in fall 2024.

The project cost is almost $125 million, said Mallory Duncan, strategic communications director for INDOT.

During construction, two lanes will be maintained in each direction on I-70 for much of the project.

Crews will construct crossovers to put traffic on one side of the interstate while construction happens on the other side. Crossovers are scheduled to begin in the middle of May.

There will be some nightly and weekend lane closures as needed and will be communicated separately, according to INDOT.

County Road 700W is currently closed in the area for a bridge replacement and is scheduled to reopen in September. The detour is County Road 100N to Mt. Comfort Road to County Road 300N.
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