Drainage and Infrastructure Improvements along Michigan Road Corridor Improve Safety for Pedestrians and Commuters

INDIANAPOLIS – RebuildIndy announced today the wrap-up of the final phase of the Michigan Road Multi-Use Trail project on the City’s Northwest Side. The City of Indianapolis finished the connection of the trail from Cold Spring Road to 86th Street, marking the completion of a construction project that included drainage and infrastructure improvements.

The project, started during the summer of 2010, included the installation of a multi-use, asphalt trail constructed in three phases from Cold Spring Road to 86th Street. Two portions of the trail from Cold Spring Road to Kessler Boulevard and 75th to 86th streets were completed first, leaving the Kessler Boulevard to 75th Street segment to be completed this year.

“Connectivity is a vital part of building stronger neighborhoods throughout our city,” said Mayor Greg Ballard. “With projects such as the Michigan Road Multi-Use Trail, the RebuildIndy program continues to improve accessibility regardless of transportation mode, helping to make Indianapolis one of the most livable cities in the Midwest.”

Improvements made along with construction of the shared path included street resurfacing, crosswalks, Americans with Disabilities Act Compliant access ramps, and drainage system updates. The drainage improvements will reduce storm water run-off pollution, as well as local flooding issues that plagued the area. The project cost approximately $3.1 million.

RebuildIndy is Mayor Ballard’s initiative to restore deteriorating thoroughfares, residential streets, sidewalks and bridges, as well as address neighborhood drainage and flooding issues and demolish unsalvageable abandoned homes that pose a public safety threat to neighborhoods. For more information on the improvement projects or a complete project list of the RebuildIndy investment to date, please visit www.Indy.gov/RebuildIndy.

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