The project will eliminate three of the five existing travel lanes from 116th Street to Main Street, add roundabouts at intersections, install a landscape median through the corridor and put multipurpose paths on both sides of the road.
Neither major-party gubernatorial candidate rejects using more so-called P3s in Indiana’s future. Both think the deals have their place, but they differ on when they should be used.
Based on input from businesses, design options could include retaining walls, shifting the route to the east or west, and selecting different ramp locations.
The challenge, according to an author of a study of pedestrian-friendly cities, is picking up ground on the dozens of major metro areas that also are making walkability a higher priority.
Repairing the city’s aging sidewalks and installing new ones where none exist would run even more than the $720 million it cost to build Lucas Oil Stadium.
The first phase of the $198 million Red Line is slated to run from just north of Broad Ripple to the University of Indianapolis.
A surge of activity in the Mass Ave area is spilling over into the historic neighborhood that’s now considering whether to restrict parking on its streets.
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma said Gov. Mike Pence and Senate Republicans should embrace a long-term road-funding plan that increases taxes on smokers and motorists.
The list of projects slated over three years includes about 30 more roundabouts, other street improvements, and land acquisition. It would lead to property tax increases for most residents.
Republican leaders in the Indiana Senate would like to give $418 million to local governments to help improve their roads—a proposal that comes after Gov. Mike Pence was criticized for leaving local road funding out his recent infrastructure plan.
The key question is what the Indiana Legislature can do in a short or non-budget-making session, which will convene in January.
The city of Carmel, which had been counting on landing a federal grant to help fund a proposed $31.9 million overhaul of the 96th Street and Keystone Avenue intersection, once again was not picked.
City officials hope to start construction in 2017 on a nearly $32 million teardrop roundabout that would bridge through traffic over 96th Street.
The plan scales back Mayor Greg Ballard’s original proposal for borrowing $150 million to help handle street repair.
Indianapolis doesn’t have a long-term street paving plan, and as political leaders look to spend at least $300 million more on infrastructure, the city appears more vulnerable than its peers to partisan bickering.