As one of Hamilton Crossing Centre’s key tenants prepares to close its doors, the future of the Kite Realty development along Meridian Street in Carmel remains unclear.
The city of Bloomington says the state will miss its Aug. 31 target for substantially completing Section 5 of the Interstate 69 extension from Indianapolis to Evansville.
The Indiana Department of Transportation is in the final stages of construction of a 21-mile section of the highway from Bloomington to Martinsville.
The project will close both directions of Interstate 65 between the Meridian Street and 21st Street exits starting next week.
Construction work should be starting soon on a project that will widen or repave a 14-mile section of Interstate 69 northeast of Indianapolis.
The state is required to study interstate tolling options under the 2017 road-funding plan, which raised gas taxes.
Both the mayor and the Rethink coalition are urging state transportation officials to do a more comprehensive study of options for the $250 downtown interchange project.
The $124 million project will turn the highway into a freeway from 126th to 146th streets.
Southwestern Indiana officials have met with Gov. Eric Holcomb and the state's transportation commissioner in their continuing efforts to get a four-lane, limited-access highway built to ease traffic congestion in the region.
The project is scheduled to be largely completed by Aug. 31. The section will be the fifth of the planned Evansville-to-Indianapolis highway's six extensions.
Some residents say a newly released Indiana Department of Transportation traffic analysis doesn’t address the issue they’re most concerned about—the quality-of-life impact that interstates 65 and 70 have on their downtown neighborhoods.
INDOT says it hasn’t chosen a course of action yet, but the study strongly indicates some of the options proposed by opponents of its original plans are not feasible.
State officials have awarded a $79 million contract to widen a section of Interstate 69 to six lanes northeast of Indianapolis.
Officials say the new lanes be built in the highway’s median, which means no additional land purchases are needed.
The plan intends to use $200 billion in federal money to leverage more than $1 trillion on local and state tax dollars to fix America’s roads, highways, ports and airports.
Traffic downtown and the northwest side will be affected by the closures, which are expected to last about 35 days in late spring.
Experts suggest using beet juice, molasses, and even beer or cheese waste to make slick roads safer, in an effort to stop polluting fresh water sources with salty runoff.
Mayor Joe Hogsett is echoing the chorus of community leaders and downtown residents expressing concern with the state’s $250 million plan to revamp the I-70/I-65 interchange.
The chamber and other coalition members favor options for the interstate project that would be more neighborhood-friendly.
As INDOT moves forward with plans for a major I-65/I-70 construction project, a coalition of residents with concerns about the impact on surrounding neighborhoods is also gaining steam.