Back in June, Urban Indy reported that Cornell Ave, located north of the central canal in Broad Ripple Village, would be the location of a project to resurface the street, streamline the pedestrian right of ways and create reverse angle parking areas near the Broad Ripple Brewpub.
As of early October, significant progress has been made towards completing this project. Sidewalks have been poured providing a new pedestrian access point directly from the Monon where none existed prior. Additionally, new curbs and sidewalks along Cornell Ave are in place while work continues along the corridor.
As you can see from the photos, the pedestrian experience should be significantly improved once this project is completed. Bump-outs are now present at 64th & Cornell inducing a much slower automobile environment. New angle in parking spaces have been added near the old depot where Public Greens will be opening (sometime soon?).
While this project provides significant improvements for the pedestrian, motorists will enjoy the increased number of parking spaces further north on Cornell. The right of way has been widened all the way to the Indianapolis Art Center providing some relief for what can be a very busy area during the warm months when significant automobile congestion can be an issue from all the visitors to restaurants.
Taken as a whole, the increased number of parking spaces should cut down on traffic circulation due to lack of parking spaces, providing a safer experience for pedestrians. Stay tuned for additional photos as this project nears completion.