A busy portion of Broad Ripple Avenue closed Tuesday for the start of a project to improve the road, sidewalks and stormwater infrastructure.
The construction stretches from east of the Winthrop Avenue intersection to Guilford Avenue. The Indianapolis Department of Public Works said local north/south traffic is able to cross Broad Ripple Avenue via Guilford Avenue. East/west traffic is being detoured to Kessler Boulevard to reduce traffic in Broad Ripple Village.
Sidewalks remain open during the construction to allow access to businesses along Broad Ripple Avenue. Indy DPW said it worked with Broad Ripple Village Association, rideshare providers and delivery services to create a temporary rideshare pickup/dropoff zone and food delivery parking in the area.
The road is expected to remain closed until December. Construction will resume in the spring, with road improvements from east of Guilford Avenue to College Avenue.
Indy DPW said the multi-year, $8.4 million project will reduce flooding and improve pedestrian infrastructure along Broad Ripple Avenue. In addition to the stormwater infrastructure it includes wider sidewalks, ADA-compliant ramps and a multi-use trail from the Monon Trail to Primrose Avenue.