Indianapolis cyclists and pedestrians rejoice! Construction of the long awaited extension of the Fall Creek Trail has begun! Crews broke ground just a couple weeks ago removing trees and beginning to grade the path upon which the latest Indy Parks Greenway will follow. If you have used portions of the existing trail you have undoubtedly wished for the link connecting the end point at the Monon, with the lower portion south of Fall Creek and between Central and Meridian.
Right now, I do not have any information about when the trail construction will be completed, but I do have a map as well as a few details regarding how the trail will address certain streets.
Where the trail crosses 30th street, it will pass underneath of the existing bridge. This will make it nice for users since 30th street is a busy corridor.
However, where the trail crosses College Ave and Central Ave, users will have to pause and utilize signaled pedestrian crossings. The trail will cross, at grade, as shown in the included plan photos above. At Central Ave, the trail will cross and run along the West Side of the bridge and connect with the existing trail. It does not appear that a dedicated lane will be given to the trail on Central and over the Fall Creek bridge where a lane has been restricted for nearly a year due to some structural issues.
As more information becomes available and construction progresses, we will provide updates.