The city of Indianapolis on Tuesday announced it would reopen segments of Broad Ripple Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue that were closed in May as part of the Dine Out Indy initiative.
The closures would end following Labor Day weekend, the city said.
Massachusetts Avenue has been closed from its intersection with College Avenue to its intersection with New York and Delaware streets.
Broad Ripple Avenue has been closed from College Avenue to Monon Trail.
Meanwhile, the temporary pedestrian corridor along Georgia Street between Pennsylvania and Meridian streets, which has no on-street parking spaces, will continue to be closed to vehicular traffic.
The Dine Out Indy program was launched to create more outdoor dining space for restaurants during the pandemic and to create bigger thoroughfares for pedestrians to social distance.
The city announced Tuesday that barriers will be removed from Broad Ripple Avenue on Sept. 8. They’ll come down on Mass Ave. later in the week as schedules allow.
While motorists will be allowed to travel in both directions on those streets, businesses will continue to be able to offer expanded outdoor seating in parking spaces adjacent to their buildings. The seating will be protected by concrete barriers.
Restaurants on Broad Ripple and Massachusetts avenues that have been participating in Dine Out Indy need to inform the city by Sept. 4 if they want to continue utilizing permitted parking spaces for outdoor dining. The Department of Public Works will cover the costs of the spaces through Nov. 30.