City to close key Market Street block for eight-month, $6M revamp

When completed, the reconstructed section of East Market Street between Delaware and Alabama streets will include a pedestrian promenade on the south side of the street by the City-County Building. (Image courtesy of the city of Indianapolis)

A heavily-trafficked portion of East Market Street is expected to be closed for at least eight months, starting in March 2020, as part of a $6 million road improvement project by the Indianapolis Department of Public Works.

DPW said it will close Market Street between Delaware and Alabama Streets until November 2020 to perform a “complete reconstruction of the roadway.”

The project—part of a larger effort by DPW to improve downtown pedestrian and street infrastructure—will “improve the roadway and ADA-compliant accessibility of the sidewalks, curb ramps and crosswalk.”

The reconstruction will add a raised pedestrian crossing between the main street-side entrances of the City-County Building and the City Market, which are located on opposite sides of Market. It will also add curb bump-outs that will condense traffic lanes. The street will still allow parking, offering parallel and angled spaces.

The construction is also expected to introduce a pedestrian promenade on the south side of the street by the City-County Building, along with new benches and bike racks.

The farmers market that normally takes place in that section of Market Street will be temporarily relocated, although a new spot has not yet been finalized.

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7 thoughts on “City to close key Market Street block for eight-month, $6M revamp

  1. Well said Brian – this area looks so trashy now, along with others. Two days ago while visiting the CC building I watched a young mother almost trip with her daughter because one of these scooters was sideways on the walk. What will it take to get the city to step in and do something about this? I just have the feeling that the operators have paid a lot of money to the right people…of course that’s just an opinion.

  2. Will the new Market St be repaved in the same historic brick pavers so as to match the entire historic paving from State Capitol to Alabama Street or, preferably, on East to College Ave.. .with urban street tree lines ?

    1. Excellent idea! That is such a busy stretch right there and would make getting to city market easier as well as getting to the city county building.