Portions of the Indianapolis Monon Trail will be closed to pedestrians starting Monday to make room for scheduled landscaping and foresting.
Contractors will start trimming trees and pruning bushes on the south end of the trail, near 10th Street, and work north toward 96th Street.
Indy Parks Spokesperson Ronnetta Spalding said the team will cut back trees and other shrubbery to help with future projects and public safety, including a planned expansion of the Monon Trail's width in early 2020.
"Every segment that we're working on is going to be clearly identified with signage," Spalding said. "It will also feature a map showing the length of the restricted segment as well as a suggested alternative route."
Spalding said it's not clear at this time for how long each segment will be closed. All closures will take place between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. No closures are expected on weekends.
The Indy Parks team, according to Spalding, said the planned expansion of the Monon Trail will ensure the estimated 1.3 million pedestrians who already use it every day will have more room while traveling. The project calls for the trail to be widened by four feet total, or two feet on each side.
"If you have just a little bit more space for folks in both directions, that should be a great benefit for the people who already use it," Spalding said.
The project is expected to finish in early 2020. Updates will be posted to the Indy Parks website, parks.indy.gov.