The first phase of reconstruction for residential streets in Indianapolis is set to start soon. The announcement of the investment in neighborhood roadways came last year as part of the Circle City Forward initiative.
More than $9 million in contracts is awarded in this first phase of construction work.
Department of Public Works Spokesman Ben Easley said the projects will reach 43 neighborhood streets. “That last mile or that last stretch to people’s front doors are often on residential streets that are equally as important but just a smaller amount of people on each specific block,” Easley said.
DPW often has to focus on larger thoroughfares for repair. Last year the city set aside $25 million to address residential streets
DPW used data to determine what roads should receive reconstruction. The department also consulted with City-County councilors to target roadways.
“Look to them for some additional insight, as far as, what are you hearing from your constituents? You know these roads better than we do,” Easley said. “What additional insight can you offer us?”
Construction will start in June.
The reconstruction projects cover numerous neighborhoods in the northwest quadrant of the city. The work in this specific contract will result in:
• 97 new ADA ramps
• 5,600 linear feet of new curb
• 2,983 linear feet of new sidewalk
• 14.7 lane miles of rehabilitated asphalt roadways
The Circle City Forward Initiative invests nearly $250 million in Marion County facilities, streets, parks and trails.