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Southside construction update

Southside construction update

Compiled by Nicole Davis

With the I-69 project still in full swing and many more projects to come, we’re offering a weekly update during the 2023 construction season! As always, be mindful of our construction workers and drive safely!

  • Greenwood: Worthsville Road, from Averitt Road to Honey Creek Road, is officially open to traffic. The city announced that over the coming weeks, residents and guests will see crews finalizing seeding, landscaping and final restorations.
  • Indianapolis: Two public meetings, one in-person and one virtual, are planned for late this month to provide more details about an Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) project that will bring improvements to I-65 on the southeast side of Indianapolis. I-65 Safety and Efficiency is expected to reduce corridor congestion, improve traffic flow and improve safety along the corridor. The in-person meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 29, 5:30 – 7 p.m. at SENSE Charter School, 1601 Barth Ave., Indianapolis. The virtual meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 30, 6 p.m. with Microsoft Teams. Register at bit.ly/VirtualMeetingI65. The nearly 5-mile project corridor begins north of the I-465 interchange and ends just north of Fletcher Avenue. The project is expected to include added capacity, bridge improvements, pavement patching and resurfacing, and improvements to multiple drainage structures. I-65 Safety and Efficiency will largely utilize the existing shoulder to add one lane in each direction between I-465 and I-70 for a total of four travel lanes in each direction. The Hanna Avenue bridge over I-65 is expected to be replaced and will be able to accommodate a future pedestrian pathway. The northbound bridges over Naomi Street and E. Pleasant Run (North and South) parkways will be widened, and the northbound bridge over Morris/Prospect Street will be rehabilitated and widened. More details about these improvements and sidewalk improvements throughout the corridor will be shared at the public meetings.
  • Indianapolis: The Indianapolis Department of Public Works (Indy DPW) announced the completion of phase one of the South Meridian Street project, opening several streets that were previously closed to traffic. The overall project is an ongoing three-phase collaboration between the Old Southside Neighborhood, local businesses, the Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD) and Indy DPW. The South Meridian Street project brings $7.8 million in improvements which include key upgrades for pedestrian safety such as wider sidewalks, reducing the travel lanes from four to two and marked on-street parking. Additionally, this project will see major stormwater improvements as well as a new multi-use trail. Upgrades to this area are critical for continued economic development and helping the Old Southside Neighborhood see better connectivity to downtown Indianapolis. Improvements will continue to encourage private development along this critical corridor for the city. With the first phase of the project complete, roadways between Wisconsin Street and just south of Morris Street are now open. Meridian Street remains closed between Ray and Morris streets as part of phase two of the project, which is slated to complete before the end of the year. During phase three, which will take place in the Spring of 2024, Meridian Street will be closed between Ray and McCarty streets.

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