Construction to close College Avenue in Broad Ripple for 2 months

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A busy section of North College Avenue in Broad Ripple is slated to close for more than two months due to a private construction project, the Indianapolis Department of Business & Neighborhood Services announced Monday.

The one-block stretch of College from Broad Ripple Avenue to 62nd Street will be closed to traffic at 6 a.m. on Jan. 1 and isn’t expected to reopen until early March, weather permitting.

The department said the closure will not affect IndyGo’s Red Line, which will use the southbound lanes of College Avenue for both northbound and southbound transit.

The department said the construction project in the block involves heavy steel work and will require the use of a crane in the roadway.

Indianapolis-based staffing company Eight Eleven Group is constructing a two-building headquarters in the block at 6207 N. College Ave. Up to 250 people are expected to work at the new complex.

Officials said motorists traveling north on College should avoid the closure by turning left on Kessler Boulevard East Drive, right on North Meridian Street, and right on 71st Street to eventually rejoin College.

Southbound traffic should turn right on 71st Street, left on Meridian Street and left on Kessler Boulevard East Drive, which intersects with College Avenue.

The College Avenue parking garage is expected to remain accessible for southbound traffic during construction.

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5 thoughts on “Construction to close College Avenue in Broad Ripple for 2 months

  1. I’m afraid this is going to kill more businesses in the BRip area such as Hop Cat, The Vogue and the new Vietnamese place. Restaurants are already hurting, now this.

  2. I hope they are planning to do something for the homeowners, pedestrians, kids, etc., living in the neighborhoods just East and West of College from Kessler to Broad-Ripple Ave. Most traffic will use those local side streets as a detour, rather than 71st/Meridian route. They should block off the local side streets or something to prevent the chaos/potential accidents from the increased traffic.

  3. I am ALL for economic development, but the 250 add from Eight Eleven Group comes at an interesting time given the pandemic…… and as T.N. states, people (at least not the IBJ subscribers) will not even have the relevant info of preferred detour, and will cut through neighborhoods, imperiling WAY more than 250 others. East-bound Kessler @ College is already a disaster between 4-6pm every day, so this will be FUN!! Sarcasm is free of charge…..