Street Improvements

Anderson eyes improvements to I-69 corridors

March 7, 2012
Associated Press
Improvements to two major corridors from Interstate 69 to downtown Anderson, reconfigurations of complicated interchanges, and changing one-way streets to two-way streets are among Mayor Kevin Smith's goals.
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State eyes roundabouts for 31 intersectionsRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The Indiana Department of Transportation has ambitious plans to build roundabouts at 31 intersections statewide over the next five years, including a dozen in the metro area.
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Beech Grove-Amtrak settlement will pay for new Main Street

December 23, 2011
The city in southeast Marion County will finally reconstruct its flood-prone Main Street, thanks to a federal grant and a $750,000 settlement with Amtrak over unmetered stormwater runoff.
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Busy Keystone Avenue ramps to close for construction

October 5, 2011
Two ramps at Keystone Avenue and Interstate 465 on Indianapolis' northeast side will be closed for seven to 15 days as part of an $18.2 million project to reduce traffic congestion in the area.
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Allisonville bridge closure will be abbreviatedRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Department of Transportation will close the busy span over Interstate 465 for five months instead of seven.
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Irvington scores Ossip, set for streetscape project

July 19, 2011
Tom Harton
The Irvington retail trade area stands to get a big boost from two projects set to begin this fall: Ossip Optometry’s renovation of a historic building and a $2.9M makeover of East Washington Street designed to make the business district a draw for pedestrians.
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City taps downtown TIF funds for bridge repairsRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The city is bidding work to repair concrete and add a green roof to the Meridian Street Bridge adjacent to downtown Union Station.
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City's street-paving project to resume as weather warmsRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Contractors last September began milling worn-out asphalt on downtown streets, but most remained unfinished over the winter, leaving raised manhole covers and uneven pavement. Now work is resuming as asphalt plants are fired back up for the season.
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Key road projects await busy INDOTRestricted Content

January 1, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The ongoing rehab of Interstate 465 will continue to be the biggest highway project in the metro area in 2011, but the rebuilding of an 11-mile segment on the west side could be all but finished by the end of the year—just when other significant highway projects will get under way in the metro area.
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Governor seeking leeway on road dealsRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Gov. Mitch Daniels’ legislative priorities for next year include putting guidelines into law that would allow the state to more broadly use the private sector to design, finance or operate public infrastructure.
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Newsweek notes safety record of Carmel's roundabouts

October 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Carmel leads the nation in revamping intersections and has seen an 80-percent drop in injury accidents as a result, the magazine noted.
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Building demolition to begin along Interstate 69

July 19, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Bulldozers await an office complex that previously served as headquarters to August Mack Environmental. It'll be the first building demolished along Interstate 69 to make way for highway expansion.
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Seven years of work expected for central Indiana highway

May 26, 2010
Associated Press
Work is to start next year on upgrading the highway through Carmel and Westfield to interstate standards in phases through 2017.
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Local firm to manage city's infrastructure initiative

May 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
American Structurepoint has been tapped by the Department of Public Works as program manager for the city’s “RebuildIndy” infrastructure-improvement initiative.
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Interstate 70 shortcut getting an obstacle

May 18, 2010
Chris O'Malley
INDOT plans to put a traffic signal on a well-known west-side shortcut from Interstate 465 southbound to I-70 East, a move stemming from the rebuilding of Sam Jones Expressway.
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Mayor unveils infrastructure-improvement plan details

May 11, 2010
City would use $425 million expected from selling the city's water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy Group to upgrade city streets, sidewalks and bridges.
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Indianapolis road projects aided by federal stimulus funds

April 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The city’s Department of Public Works plans a record $88 million in transportation improvements, including road, bridge and sidewalk projects.
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New design of bridge girder is huge, strongRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
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Suburban counties building outer loop to avoid Indianapolis

November 7, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Counties wanting to speed traffic among suburbs are building highways to avoid having to travel into Indianapolis. The result, a 100-mile outer loop beyond Interstate 465, won't be completed for years, and it won't be built to consistent standards, but it might help ease congestion.
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Construction jobs trickling in from road stimulusRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Federal stimulus money for Indiana highway projects so far has put to work 1,222 people with a payroll of $1.27 million, according to state records of 42 projects under way in which contractors have reported job data. The work, ranging from paving to replacing bridge decks, had a total contract value of $39.2 million.

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U.S. 31 project means massive changes for booming retail corridorRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Lauth Properties alleges in a lawsuit that the state's plan to rebuild 13 miles of U.S. 31 in Hamilton County to freeway standards will cut off access to a property it owns in Westfield, killing plans for a Wal-Mart there.
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Activity at Statehouse picks up, but how much is getting done?Restricted Content

February 16, 2009
Ed Feigenbaum
After a surprisingly slow month of January, the pace of legislative action picked up considerably during the first two weeks of February.
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Leaders driven to finish road linking Interstates 74, 70Restricted Content

February 16, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Recently elected as a Hendricks County commissioner, Eric Wathen says his top priority is to complete the long-promised Ronald Reagan Parkway, which would open a congestion-free path through the suburbs of Brownsburg, Avon and Plainfield.
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Redevelopment plans threaten Gasoline AlleyRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Business owners along the fabled Gasoline Alley north of Rockville Road think a proposal to close a north-south road linking them to the front door of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will have devastating effects.
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Planning for U.S. 31 rebuilding continuesRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
State and federal highway agencies have approved the final environmental impact statement for the 13-mile rebuilding of U.S. 31 from Interstate 465 to 216th Street.
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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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