Updated Wednesday, June 6 at 5:10 p.m.
Indianapolis’ bus system IndyGo started construction on the Red Line, which recently won a $75 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration.
IndyGo officials say motorists should be prepared for traffic lane shifts along Shelby Street.
Peterman’s Tires owner Randy Peterman expressed concerns about the construction.
"It’s really killed my business. We’ve been here 45 years and a lot of people just can’t get in. They try to get in from the south and they think we’re closed completely," Peterman said.
The street near Peterman's business was first closed due to the DigIndy project, confirmed Citizen Energy Group spokeperson Dan Considine. Considine also says signage near the dig makes clear businesses like Peterman's are open.
Citizens Energy Group coordinated with IndyGo so that the two construction projects will continue simultaneously.
When complete, IndyGo's rapid bus line will run about 13 miles from Broad Ripple, on Indianapolis' north side, to the University of Indianapolis, on the south side. The project will include 7.7 miles of dedicated and semi-exclusive bus lanes and priority traffic signals at intersections.
Peterman says he hopes construction is completed as quickly as possible.
IndyGo will host another in its series of public Transit Talks about the Red Line on Tuesday, June 12 at the University of Indianapolis Health Pavilion.
Clarification: This post was updated to include additional details about why Shelby Street was closed near Randy Perterman's business.