Traffic on Southport Road will be slower than usual for the next few months due to resurfacing and widening projects.
Indianapolis Department of Public Works Director Dan Parker says reconstruction from Bluff Road to U.S. 31 will be substantial and long lasting.
“It is not the widening that most southsiders would like to see,” Parker says. “That cost is prohibitive. But this widening will add a shoulder, and it will allow for the road to stay in place and not deteriorate like it has done before.”
The construction will cost more than $2 million and will be paid for by a Community Crossings Matching Grant. The city says 18,000 people drive on Southport Road every day and it hasn’t been resurfaced in more than a decade.
“When the orange barrels and construction signs are removed, what remains is a safer way to get home for years to come,” says Mayor Joe Hogsett.
Construction is expected to finish in the fall.