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One aspect that will be unique about the Red Line on College Avenue will be the raised triangular diverters placed at some of the intersections. This prevents drivers from making left hand turns. Left hand turns tend to be more dangerous than right hand turns. Yet another nod to a safety improvement, not a detriment. This intersection at 51st and College is still under construction, but there are some completed diverters elsewhere along the route:

Image Credit: Kevin Kastner

This is the future station at 52nd and College, which is located a half a block to the south.

Image Credit: Kevin Kastner

This is the sidewalk ramp to the future station:

Image Credit: Kevin Kastner

Here’s the weekly IndyGo E-mail blast:

College Avenue:

  • There will continue to be short-term lane restrictions at the College Avenue station locations over the next several weeks to allow for station structures to be installed. Flaggers will direct traffic through around the work areas.
    • Kessler Blvd – one lane closure May 15 at the Kessler Blvd station for up to 3hours.
    • 54th Street – one lane closure May 14 for up to 40 minutes and one lane closure May 18 for up to 3 hours.
    • 42nd Street – one lane closure May 18 for up to 40 minutes

Meridian Street:

  • Beginning on or after May 13, traffic patterns will shift at the 38th and Meridian Street intersection. Construction activities will move to the east side of Meridian, south of 38th Street, and traffic will be moved west of the work zone.
  • Pavement patching will take place at locations along Meridian Street beginning May 23.
  • Night work will begin on or after May 20 for bus pad construction. Work will start at the 18th Street intersection and proceed North to 38th Street. Each station area and adjacent intersection will be closed for one overnight and open from 7:00am to 8:00pm. All work will be completed within 1 week with no weekend closures.

Capitol Avenue:

  • Pavement patching will continue at locations along Capitol Avenue through approximately May 22.
  • On or after May 13, segments of Capitol Ave immediately adjacent to the 9thStreet and 14th Street stations will be reduced to a single lane to accommodate bus pad construction. This work will occur outside of the morning rush hour and last up to 20 hours at each location.
  • On or after May 15, a segment of Capitol Ave immediately adjacent to the 18thStreet station will be reduced to a single lane to accommodate bus pad construction. This work will occur outside of the morning rush hour and last up to 20 hours.
  • Starting on or after May 14, a half-block section of Walnut Street will be closed immediately east of Capitol Ave for up to 5 days. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail will remain open through this intersection. Walnut Street will remain open at Illinois and Muskingum Streets.

Shelby Street:

  • One lane of Shelby Street will be closed for up to two hours at each station location for platform finishing work. Flaggers will be used to direct traffic during these short-term closures. This work will begin at Hanna Avenue, continuing north. The anticipated schedule for the coming week is:
    • Raymond Street stations on May 15
    • Pleasant Run stations on May 17
  • Shelby Street is currently being resurfaced. There will be intermittent lane closures, traffic restrictions, and flaggers directing traffic around paving and pavement striping crews. This work will continue through the end of the week.

Virginia Avenue:

Virginia Avenue will be resurfaced beginning on or after May 15. There will be intermittent lane closures and flaggers around paving crews. On-street parking will be restricted in work zones. One travel lane will remain open with flaggers assisting drivers, and the Indianapolis Cultural Trail will remain open.


Illinois Street

  • Signal modifications are underway on or after May 6 at locations along Illinois Street. Traffic impacts are not expected, however, minor parking and sidewalk impacts could be necessary.

Washington Street and Maryland Street

  • Crews will be placing pavement markings, resulting in short-term traffic impacts at:
    • Maryland Street, Capitol Ave to Delaware St on May 13
    • Washington Street, Capitol Ave to Delaware St May 14

30th Street

  • Curb and sidewalk work will begin on 30th Street beginning on or after May 20th , requiring some lane restrictions.

More information and a list of FAQ’s about the acceleration is posted on the IndyGo website:  https://www.indygored.com/acceleration/

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The Red Line platforms that were first to be constructed are starting to round into shape. Jerome Horne from IndyGo sent these photos from the south Shelby Street station at the U of Indy:

Image Credit: Jerome Horne

Image Credit: Jerome Horne

Image Credit: Jerome Horne

Image Credit: Jerome Horne

Image Credit: Jerome Horne

Image Credit: Jerome Horne

Here’s the IndyGo e-mail for this week:

As with all construction projects, the following forecast is subject to change. For more project details and a live construction map, visit https://www.indygored.com/Construction.
New This Week

College Avenue:

  • There will be short-term lane restrictions at the College Avenue station locations over the next several weeks to allow for station structures to be installed. On May 9, one lane of College Ave will be closed to traffic at the Kessler Blvd station for up to 40 minutes.

Meridian Street:

  • Pavement patching will take place at locations along Meridian Street beginning May 13.
  • Beginning on or after May 13, traffic patterns will shift at the 38th and Meridian Street intersection. Construction activities will move to the east side of Meridian, south of 38th Street, and traffic will be moved west of the work zone.

Capitol Avenue:

  • Pavement patching will continue at locations along Capitol Avenue through approximately May 11.
  • On or after May 6, segments of Capitol Ave immediately adjacent to the 9thStreet and 114th Street stations will be reduced to a single lane to accommodate bus pad construction. This work will occur outside of the morning rush hour and last up to 20 hours at each location.
  • On or after May 8, a segment of Capitol Ave immediately adjacent to the 18thStreet station will be reduced to a single lane to accommodate bus pad construction. This work will occur outside of the morning rush hour and last up to 20 hours.
  • Starting on or after May 7, a half-block section of Walnut Street will be closed immediately east of Capitol Ave for up to 5 days. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail will remain open through this intersection. Walnut Street will remain open at Illinois and Muskingum Streets.

Shelby Street:

  • One lane of Shelby Street will be closed for up to two hours at each station location for platform finishing work. Flaggers will be used to direct traffic during these short-term closures. This work will begin at Hanna Avenue, continuing north. The anticipated schedule for the coming week is:
    • Troy southbound station on May 6
    • Troy northbound station on May 7
    • Southern stations, both directions, on or after May 10
  • Shelby Street is currently being resurfaced. There will be intermittent lane closures, traffic restrictions, and flaggers directing traffic around paving crews. This work will continue through the end of the week,

Virginia Avenue:

  • Virginia Avenue will be resurfaced beginning on or after May 9. There will be intermittent lane closures and flaggers around paving crews. On-street parking will be restricted in work zones. The anticipated schedule is:
    • I-65/70 through South Street starting on or after May 9 – duration 3 days
    • South Street to Maryland Street starting on or after May 11 – duration 2 days
    • Prospect St (Fountain Square) to I-65/70 on or after May 13 – duration 3 days

No parking signs will be posted 48 hours in advance of work beginning in the relevant segments.

Illinois Street

  • Signal modifications will begin on or after May 6 at locations along Illinois Street. Traffic impacts are not expected, however, minor parking and sidewalk impacts could be necessary.

More information and a list of FAQ’s about the acceleration is posted on the IndyGo website:  https://www.indygored.com/acceleration/ 

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Something that has been undersold with all of the drama and intrigue regarding the Red Line BRT is the amount of new sidewalk and curb construction. This will ultimately help the project be more successful. We could always do more in this area, but it certainly helps the usefulness of the transit project. One major new sidewalk is in front of Moe and Johnny’s at 54th and College:

Image Credit: Kevin Kastner

Image Credit: Kevin Kastner

What was once a dangerous driving surface is now a safe public walking path. There is no curb cut along this stretch of College Avenue.

Elsewhere, blog reader and City County Council candidate Justin Harter has sent me a photo of a Capitol Avenue bus station at 9th Street:

Image Credit: Justin Harter

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This week’s photos come from Jerome Horne, who shared some station construction on the near south side. The first one is on Virginia Street just across from Anthem:

Image Credit: Jerome Horne

And here’s a few photos farther south along Virginia in Fletcher Place:

Image Credit: Jerome Horne

Image Credit: Jerome Horne

I was also able to snag a quick photo of the new stop arms at College and 54th, with the special bus lights in the middle:

Image Credit: Kevin Kastner

Elsewhere: This week’s IBJ Podcast about the new ownership of The Vogue in Broad Ripple mentioned how they are eager to embrace the new transit system. I’m glad to hear this, as I was worried when this IBJ tweet focused on parking instead. The Vogue is in an enviable location for the Red Line. The new ownership seems to grasp the great history of transit at this location.

Finally, the IndyGo e-mail blast:

As with all construction projects, the following forecast is subject to change. For more project details and a live construction map, visit https://www.indygored.com/Construction.
New This Week

Meridian Street:

  • On Monday, April 22, crews will set the station at 38th and Park beginning after morning rush at 9:00am.  The west-bound lanes will be closed at the station in order to safely erect the crane. The closures will last no later than 1:00pm.
  • Pavement patching will be occurring at locations along Meridian Street beginning May 6.
  • Night work will begin on or after May 13 for bus pad construction starting at the 18th Street intersection and proceeding North to 38th Street. Each station area and adjacent intersection will be closed overnight but open from 7:00am to 9:00pm. Work will last approximately 1 week with no weekend closures to take place.

College Avenue:

  • Parking continues to be restricted within construction areas but otherwise available to use. Please adhere to no parking signage where posted.
  • Construction will start on additional College Avenue station areas over the next several weeks. At each location, traffic will be shifted to the outside curb lanes to allow crews to work in the center of College Avenue. Turn lane restrictions will be in effect until construction of the station is complete. Anticipated dates of each station construction start are:
      •  Kessler Avenue – April 17
      • 54th Street – April 25
      • 52nd Street – April 29
      • 46th Street – April 25
      • 42nd Street – April 25

Capitol Avenue:

  • Drivers should expect temporary lane restrictions at localized work areas. Construction has started on bus pads. During the week of April 22, segments of Capitol Ave immediately adjacent to the stations will be reduced to a single lane to accommodate this work. This work will occur outside of the morning rush hour.
  • Short-term closures of one lane of Capitol Avenue will be necessary to set station structures (3-4 hours at each station). This work will take place outside of the morning and evening rush hours over the two weeks.

Shelby Street:

  • Station platform work along Shelby will necessitate closing one lane of Shelby for up to two hours at each station location. Flaggers will be used to direct traffic during these short-term closures. This work will begin at Hanna Avenue, continuing north.
  • Shelby Street will be resurfaced beginning on or after April 26. Drivers should expect intermittent lane closures and flaggers around paving crews.

Virginia Avenue:

  • Virginia Avenue will be resurfaced beginning on or after May 6. Drivers should expect intermittent lane closures and flaggers around paving crews.

38th Street:

  • A short-term closure (3-4 hours) of one lane of 38th Street will be necessary to set the station structure at Park Avenue. This work will take place outside of the morning and evening rush hours on or after April 22.

Maryland and Washington Streets

  • Bus lanes will be paved between Delaware Street and Capitol Avenue. Drivers should expect intermittent lane closures around paving crews.

More information and a list of FAQ’s about the acceleration is posted on the IndyGo website: https://www.indygored.com/acceleration/

We are revising the email to give you even more easy-to-read information. For full details of our three-week projection of construction activities click here or learn about construction in specific corridors at the links below.  

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This week’s update includes a photo of the old streetcar rail, which has been removed from College Avenue, right at Broad Ripple. Thanks to reader Henry Moellring for the photo:

Photo Credit: Henry Moellring

I’ve also been given permission to share some construction photos by Photosbyramz via Instagram. Here’s the Red Line Station at 22nd and Meridian:

Image Credit: photosbyramz on instagram

Here’s the IndyGo e-mail blast:

New This Week

College Avenue:

  • Parking continues to be restricted within construction areas but otherwise available to use. Parking restrictions will be put into place between 38th and 50thStreets on or after April 8. Please adhere to no parking signage where posted.
  • A short-term closure (2-3 hours) of one northbound lane of College Ave will be necessary to set the station structure at 66th Street. This work will take place outside of the morning and evening rush hours on or after April 19.
  • Construction will start on additional College Avenue station areas over the next several weeks. At each location, traffic will be shifted to the outside curb lanes to allow crews to work in the center of College Avenue. Turn lane restrictions will be in effect until construction of the station is complete. Anticipated dates of each station construction start are:
      •  Kessler Avenue – April 17
      • 54th Street – April 22
      • 52nd Street – April 29
      • 46th Street – April 29
      • 42nd Street – April 24

Capitol Avenue:

  • Drivers should expect temporary lane restrictions at localized work areas. Construction will begin on bus pads on or after April 15. During the week of April 22, segments of Capitol Ave immediately adjacent to the stations will be reduced to a single lane to accommodate this work. This work will occur outside of the morning rush hour.
  • Short-term closures of one lane of Capitol Avenue will be necessary to set station structures (3-4 hours at each station). This work will take place outside of the morning and evening rush hours over the next three weeks.

Meridian Street:

  • Pavement patching will be occurring at locations along Meridian Street beginning April 29.
  • Night work will begin on or after April 22 for bus pad construction starting at the 18th Street intersection and proceeding North to 38th Street. Each station area and adjacent intersection will be closed overnight but open from 7:00am to 9:00pm. Work will last approximately 1 week with no weekend closures to take place.

Shelby Street:

  • A section of Shelby Street is closed just south of Pleasant Run Parkway South to facilitate construction of bus pads. Work will be completed and Shelby St will be reopened to traffic by April 22.
  • Station platform work along Shelby will necessitate closing one lane of Shelby for up to two hours at each station location. Flaggers will be used to facilitate through traffic during this short-term closure. This work will begin on or after April 15 at Hanna Avenue, continuing north.

Virginia Avenue:

  • A short section of Virginia Ave will be closed at Merrill Street (immediately adjacent to the stations) on April 8th between 9am and noon and again between 1 and 3pm.  These closures are necessary to allow for setting of the steel station structure. Access will be maintained to all businesses

38th Street:

  • A short-term closure (3-4 hours) of one lane of 38th Street will be necessary to set the station structure at Park Avenue. This work will take place outside of the morning and evening rush hours on or after April 22.

More information and a list of FAQ’s about the acceleration is posted on the IndyGo website:  https://www.indygored.com/acceleration/

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I’ve had the intention to start a weekly Red Line BRT construction thread. Since construction is starting to happen closer to my neck of the woods, I should be able to get some photos pretty easily. If you have photos of construction elsewhere along the BRT line, please let me know in the comments, or e-mail them to me at kevin dot kastner at gmail dot com.

Here’s 50th and College,, which has a new curb bump-out on the north side of the intersection, as well as new ADA ramps for the sidewalks. Pedestrians will be encouraged to cross College at 49th Street (see map below), so there is no ramp for east-west crossing.

Image Credit: Kevin Kastner

Image Credit: Kevin Kastner

I will also share the recent IndyGo Press Release, which has some interesting numbers;

INDIANAPOLIS (April 2, 2019) – Indy’s first rapid transit line is in the home stretch of construction. Opening the Red Line will accompany a major wave of improvements to IndyGo service including every route running every day, improved frequencies, and easier transfers.

Phase 1 of construction began in June 2018 and, after 15 months of construction, is expected to open for service this September.

The 13-mile corridor will bring much more than 10-minute reliable service as approximately 40% of the Red Line budget has addressed additional infrastructure elements including sidewalks, roadway repairs, and drainage work.

Crews continue to work hard throughout the 13-mile route and as of April 1, have completed:

  • 14,148 linear feet of sidewalk replaced
  • 25 station platforms constructed
  • 14,889 linear feet of storm sewer installed
  • 21, 085 linear feet of curb replaced
  • 238 ADA curb ramps
  • 66 traffic signals upgraded
  • 19 lane miles of paving

Upon completion, residents and visitors will also notice new trees, a protected bicycle lane on Illinois Street, and landscaping at stations.

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Recently via twitter, some residents alerted me about a new sidewalk closure that had to be seen to be believed. Sidewalk closures for construction are common around Indy, and I have yet to see accommodations made for pedestrians via temporary barriers placed on the street. Even the City County Building was guilty of this during the Lugar Plaza construction, and they should be the most aware of public needs of anyone. There’s usually a sign alerting people to cross the street before the closure, but to me, that’s not good enough. We can do better than that. And here’s an example why:

Image Credit: Kevin Kastner

Walk north on Delaware towards Pulliam Square, and there’s the familiar sidewalk closure, this time for a project in the former parking lot of the Regions Bank tower. As of Wednesday, there was no sign alerting people to cross Delaware. Here it is, closer to the fence. I ran down the street when it was clear. Meanwhile, there were still 3 full lanes of one-way auto traffic on the street:

Image Credit: Kevin Kastner

Then I walked to New York Street, to the Pulliam Street corner. This north side of this corner is already finished, but the last phase towards Pennsylvania Street is still under construction. So, another sidewalk blocking fence:

Image Credit: Kevin Kastner

This means that there are now 2 blocked sidewalks on the same street. Again, there 3 blocks worth of one-way auto traffic. A few pedestrians can be seen here walking in the auto lane next to the southern closure. There’s literally no other option:

Image Credit: Kevin Kastner

I have created a crude outline of the areas that are blocked off:

Image Credit: Google maps

Indy has long touted itself as a walkable city. But this issue keeps popping up, and until some fundamental changes are made at the City Council level, it will continue. I’d support a move to require developers to provide a pedestrian space within the Regional Center.

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An important note: Urban Indy is planning on providing weekly construction updates for the Red Line. If you have any construction photos to share, please let me know at kevin dot kastner at gmail dot com.

Construction has started in my neck of the woods for the Red Line Bus Rapid Transit project. With all construction projects, there will be adjustments to be made. However, some who are opposed are putting up an effort on opposing the line, arguing that the dedicated bus line will hurt response times of emergency vehicles.

Image Credit: WRTV-6

Actually, safety must be an option right now. If you’ve ever tried to cross College Avenue on foot with 2 kids in tow, it does not feel safe at all. Changing the street to allow for fewer speeders seems like it has to make the street safer. Plus, I’ve witnessed a wreck at 54th and College. Wrecks are commonplace along the corridor. It’s just not a safe street. I’d guess that a good portion of the emergency vehicles on the street are responding to the wrecks that the current street design basically encourages.

Postscript: Friend of the blog Justin Harter put up a good post on the subject, and I encourage others to read it.

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Now that Public Greens is open on the corner of NJ and Market, I figured it would be a good time to see the evolution of this corner, which less than a decade ago was an urban disaster. How bad was it in, say, 2007? This bad:

Image Credit: Google Street View

The opposite corner was not any better. It was a surface parking lot for over a decade after the demolition of Market Square Arena:

Image Credit: Google Street View

I also looked at the corner in 2011:

Image Credit: Google Street View

Image Credit: Google Street View

The construction that is visible in the last photo is merely a gravel parking lot turning into a paved parking lot, to match the other paved lot on the north side of the street.

Flash forward to Wednesday of this week, and it’s a different scene:

Image Credit: Kevin Kastner

Image Credit: Kevin Kastner

Image Credit: Kevin Kastner

There are some issues, still. I really wish that the Whole Foods/Starbucks building could have been configured without the mid-block car entry on Market Street. The apartments on the east side of the street are…well…hmm. But, overall, the corner is interesting to me, because these streets are not as wide as standard downtown Indy streets.

I wish we had a lot more intersections of this width. Cars go pretty slowly through here, even with the (silly) one-way street on New Jersey. There are no bike lanes, but bikes don’t feel out of place at all. The closest transit stop is one block over on Alabama Street, so not too far away. Basically, it’s fully built out for now, so whatever is here will likely be here for a while.

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Back in 2012, Curt Ailes posted an article containing a few maps of the surface parking lots downtown. After these maps came up on twitter, I figured that now would be a good time to compare the lots to what currently exists.

First , I took the old lots and contrasted them with the new ones. The new configurations are shown in red below, whereas the 2011 parking lots are shown in blue:

New parking configurations are in red, old ones are in blue

Next, the more interesting map for our purposes. The parking lots shown in red are the ones from 2011 , while the blue ones are the existing lots:

There are fewer large blocks of parking lots downtown. With the notable exception of Eskanzi Hospital, many of the newer lines are things such as parking islands for code compliance and such. Something else to note is that this is just surface parking. It’s vary rare for a new project to not include an interior garage. It’s still a car city, after all. Hopefully, that can begin to change once the Red Line is up and running later this year.

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