July 1, 2023

Planned infrastructure changes in the city, from more 2-way streets to better sidewalks

Fort Wayne Ave. was converted to two-way earlier this year. (Jill Sheridan/WFYI)

Fort Wayne Ave. was converted to two-way earlier this year. (Jill Sheridan/WFYI)

Federal funding awarded to Indianapolis from the National Department of Transportation aims to transform roadways and improve infrastructure safety in Indianapolis.

The $25 million grant is part of the Rebuilding America's Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity, or RAISE, program. The funding will be matched by $20 million from the city to help fund the conversion of eight one way streets, many in the downtown area. The city said making streets two-way has been shown to reduce speeds, provide more routes and improve economic opportunity.

Congressman Andre Carson said Indianapolis needs these dollars. “This significant amount of funding will pay off for everyone – pedestrians, bikers, drivers, and the surrounding neighborhoods will benefit,” Carson said.

The money will also fund numerous improvement projects, including new traffic signals, multi-use paths, and curb and sidewalk improvements.

Overall, nationally, the federal RAISE grants are slated to provide more than $2.2 billion in community infrastructure projects, across the country.

In Indianapolis, project completion is expected in 2027.

These Indianapolis streets are set to receive a conversion from one-way thoroughfares to two-way directional traffic.

-Capitol Avenue from 21st to 38th streets
-Illinois Street from 21st to 38th streets
-Pennsylvania Street from I-65N to Fall Creek Parkway S Drive
-Delaware Street from I-65N to Fall Creek Parkway S Drive
-Alabama Street from Washington Street to Michigan Street
-New Jersey Street from Washington Street to Michigan Street
-East Street from Washington Street to 10th Street
-College Avenue from Virginia Avenue to Market Street

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