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62nd Street Multi Use Path Update 5

62nd Street Multi Use Trail under construction (image credit: Curt Ailes)

62nd Street Multi Use Trail under construction (image credit: Curt Ailes)

There has been significant progress on the 62nd street trail project since the last update. However, most of the work has been occurring underground and as a result, a large mess has resulted.

62nd Street Multi Use Trail under construction (image credit: Curt Ailes)

62nd Street Multi Use Trail under construction (image credit: Curt Ailes)

Many Urban Indy readers have commented about the apparent lack of progress on the project. After further inspection, it appears that a lot of detailed drainage work is taking place along the route which takes a lot of time.

62nd Street Multi Use Trail under construction (image credit: Curt Ailes)

62nd Street Multi Use Trail under construction (image credit: Curt Ailes)

I do not recall seeing it, but apparently this was pre-planned work that needed to occur along the corridor. Nobody is a fan of the ugly dirt piles but the project doesn’t look much different than other area construction projects. Additionally, it appears that access to resident’s homes has been maintained throughout this invasive phase of the project.

62nd Street Multi Use Trail under construction (image credit: Curt Ailes)

62nd Street Multi Use Trail under construction (image credit: Curt Ailes)

Hopefully, the drainage work will move along quickly through the rest of the summer and the final layers of pavement can be laid down by early fall, after which citizens can begin using the multi use trail.

62nd Street Multi Use Trail under construction (image credit: Curt Ailes)

62nd Street Multi Use Trail under construction (image credit: Curt Ailes)

Once completed, this trail will play an important role in providing bicycle connections from Castleton all the way to Broad Ripple, and by extension, downtown, either by travelling on a bike lane or a separate trail such as this.

Check back often for more updates as construction moves forward.

18 Responses to “ “62nd Street Multi Use Path Update 5”

  1. Chris Barnett says:

    OMG! There’s DIRT and MESS and STUFF PILED!!! This is INTOLERABLE!!! Obviously the city administration is incompetent! [satire off]
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    Have a nice day, Curt. :)

    • Terry says:

      No need for satire. The City Administration is incompetent! Numerous on-site changes have had to be made due to very bad plans and bad planning by the City. The original plans had water running uphill! I can’t imagine that this will turn into a “good” project but for enough $ in campaign contributions our mayor will hire his buddies to do anything!

      • Chris Barnett says:

        Next election for Mayor: 2015. Please air your gripes and snipes then. On a political blog.

        • Terry says:

          Sorry if I offended your political sensitivities but this is a political blog. Remember all politics are local. I don’t think that you can keep a straight face and argue that DPW is competent.

          • Chris Barnett says:

            The only “political sensitivity” I have is to constant partisan BS infecting regular daily life. From either side.
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            I don’t know where you got the idea that this is a political blog. No one else here has that idea except you and the others who want to use this tiny little project to make ridiculous political points and claims.
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            Seriously, get a life. This is a mile of enhanced sidewalk on city-owned land. It’s not in a TIF, it’s not a hundred million dollars, it’s not the DiRimini fiasco, and everyone will forget about your complaints a month after it’s done.

  2. Crownhilldigger says:

    Looking at the project schedule as of today, the completion date is 11/1/12. There may be changes to the schedule or amendments but that it what is shown now.

    • Terry says:

      We have just been told that no trees will be planted this year. Do you think the folks downtown will remember to plant these trees next year? If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.

      • Chris Barnett says:

        When the city’s leading tree-planters (Keep Indianapolis Beautiful) stop planting, that’s probably a clue that it’s a really bad idea to plant trees in the middle of the worst drought in our lifetime.
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        I can’t imagine what the “vocal neighbors” would post here if the contractor planted trees that would certainly die. Well, okay, I do know. They’d accuse Mayor Ballard of ignoring the drought.

        • Terry says:

          Chris, I thought the Republicans had already decided that the drought was caused by Barack Obama. I actually agree that with the decision to delay planting trees until weather conditions improve. I just question whether anyone will actually “remember” to do this. Maybe I am too vocal but that is the only way of getting the City to live up to its promises and to fix their screw-ups. You would be vocal too if this was is your yard.

  3. Aidan says:

    Crownhilldigger, could you share where you can find the schedule and documents for those that don’t know.

  4. Hopefully I’m just imagining things, but it does look like the asphalt is already starting to deteriorate in the top-most photo. How long has this project been underway?

    • Chris Barnett says:

      I see that too, Eric. Looks as if some heavy equipment rolled over the edge of the paving.

    • Aidan says:

      I think it is a matter of poor scheduling. They should not have advanced as far as they did placing the trail if there was drainage that needed to be done.

    • crownhilldigger says:

      Not the case-bad photo angle. Per the documents the paving done was in the area where the soil would only be disturbed adjacent. Preliminary work was done to provide access and keep 62nd street open for traffic.

      So far its just a typical constrruction project and is following the schedule and bidding documents as per the city plan.

  5. Garczar says:

    I was just there last night and it seems fine. They have not paved in the areas that require digging, so minimal asphalt has been torn up or removed. I live in the neighborhood and look forward to this improvement.

    • Curt Ailes says:

      Agreed. Any pavement that has been laid thus far looks like only first layer and likely what may have been emptied out of paving machines… just a hunch.
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      Welcome to the site Garczar. :)

    • Steve Taft says:

      Thanks for your personal input, garczar. At least, we can expect something out of these piles. I thought there were materials left from a construction project.

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