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MPO Releases Upcoming Project List


The Indianapolis Metropolitan Organization has awarded $59 million towards 30 transportation initiatives in the Central Indiana Region. There are some interesting points to make here. First, the list:

Local Public Agency Project Project Type Funds Awarded
Avon School Zone Flashing Beacons Safety Upgrade $133,680

 

Bargersville Signal Pre-emption Signal – Other $143,502
Brownsburg Green Street & Airport Road Roundabout Intersection $1,809,000
Brownsburg E. CR 700 N Reconstruction Roadway Reconstruction $3,894,300
Carmel 116th Street & Guilford Road Roundabout Intersection $1,523,200
Carmel 116th Street & College Avenue Roundabout Intersection $2,105,600
Fishers Southeastern Parkway & Cyntheanne Road Roundabout Intersection $2,261,250
Fishers Geist Greenway – Phase 1B Pedestrian Enhancement $1,520,600
Greenwood Main Street & Meadowview Roundabout Intersection $740,700
Hamilton County 191st Street & Grassy Branch Road Roundabout Intersection $2,196,000
Hancock County Pennsy Trail from CR 400 W to CR 500 W Bicycle Enhancement $560,000
Indianapolis Mann Road & Southport Road Intersection Improvement Intersection $538,263
Indianapolis 16th Street over Little Eagle Creek Bridge Rehabilitation $976,500
Indianapolis 30th Street over White River Bridge Rehabilitation $6,502,500
Indianapolis Washington Street over Big Eagle Creek Bridge Rehabilitation $1,881,000
Indianapolis Safe Routes to Transit South – Improvements for bicycles and pedestrians within a half mile of Red Line stops between Lawrence Ave. and 25th St.

 

Pedestrian Enhancement $3,234,938
Indianapolis Pedestrian Crash Focus Area 3 — West 34thand 38th St. near Moller and High School Rd.

 

Pedestrian Enhancement $1,414,463
Indianapolis Pedestrian Crash Focus Area 5 — East 38thStreet from Fall Creek Parkway to Sherman Drive

 

Pedestrian Enhancement $534,060
Indianapolis Pedestrian Crash Focus Area 9 — North Illinois and Meridian St. from 14th Street to 34th St. Pedestrian Enhancement $889,988
Indianapolis White River and 10th Street Connection Bicycle Enhancement $796,800
Indianapolis Bikeshare Expansion (up to 30 new stations and 250 new bikes) Bicycle Enhancement $960,000
Indianapolis Knozone Awareness Program Planning $320,000
Indianapolis Emerson Avenue Widening (from Stop 11 Road to Southport Crossing)* Existing Roadway Capacity Improvement $6,240,506
IndyGo Bus Replacement Transit enhancement capital project $4,867,537
Lawrence Amy Beverland School Sidewalk Connection Pedestrian Enhancement $1,824,300
New Palestine CR 300 S and Gem Road Roundabout Intersection $900,000
Noblesville Allisonville Road Multi-use Path Pedestrian Enhancement $2,161,258
Speedway Crawfordsville Road Turn Lane Addition Intersection $74,196
Westfield 161st Street & Union Street Roundabout Intersection $2,268,000
Westfield East Street North Extension* New roadway construction $5,512,500
    TOTAL AMOUNT $58,817,073

Now, let’s focus on the proposals for Marion County:

Indianapolis Mann Road & Southport Road Intersection Improvement Intersection $538,263
Indianapolis 16th Street over Little Eagle Creek Bridge Rehabilitation $976,500
Indianapolis 30th Street over White River Bridge Rehabilitation $6,502,500
Indianapolis Washington Street over Big Eagle Creek Bridge Rehabilitation $1,881,000
Indianapolis Safe Routes to Transit South – Improvements for bicycles and pedestrians within a half mile of Red Line stops between Lawrence Ave. and 25th St.

 

Pedestrian Enhancement $3,234,938
Indianapolis Pedestrian Crash Focus Area 3 — West 34thand 38th St. near Moller and High School Rd.

 

Pedestrian Enhancement $1,414,463
Indianapolis Pedestrian Crash Focus Area 5 — East 38thStreet from Fall Creek Parkway to Sherman Drive

 

Pedestrian Enhancement $534,060
Indianapolis Pedestrian Crash Focus Area 9 — North Illinois and Meridian St. from 14th Street to 34th St. Pedestrian Enhancement $889,988
Indianapolis White River and 10th Street Connection Bicycle Enhancement $796,800
Indianapolis Bikeshare Expansion (up to 30 new stations and 250 new bikes) Bicycle Enhancement $960,000
Indianapolis Knozone Awareness Program Planning $320,000
Indianapolis Emerson Avenue Widening (from Stop 11 Road to Southport Crossing)* Existing Roadway Capacity Improvement $6,240,506
IndyGo Bus Replacement Transit enhancement capital project $4,867,537
Lawrence Amy Beverland School Sidewalk Connection Pedestrian Enhancement $1,824,300
Speedway Crawfordsville Road Turn Lane Addition Intersection $74,196

For all of Marion County, I see only 3 obviously concerning projects from an urbanist’s perspective. I’ll start with those:

Indianapolis Mann Road & Southport Road Intersection Improvement Intersection $538,263

Intersection improvement in MPO or DPW lingo almost always means widening and increased turn radii. This invariably means that it will be more difficult to cross or traverse the street on foot. This area is quite suburban, and those places seem to only get more auto friendly over time, unless we finally choose to take a different path. Improvement in this case can also mean that they’re going to add sidewalks and crosswalks, but they will be less likely to actually be used.

Indianapolis Emerson Avenue Widening (from Stop 11 Road to Southport Crossing)* Existing Roadway Capacity Improvement $6,240,506

This one comes right out and says it. More road capacity, more pavement to maintain in the future, increased severity of auto accidents, etc.

Speedway Crawfordsville Road Turn Lane Addition Intersection $74,196

Same as above, but this time it says it’s an addition and not an improvement.

Ok, now to the positive stuff:

Indianapolis Safe Routes to Transit South – Improvements for bicycles and pedestrians within a half mile of Red Line stops between Lawrence Ave. and 25th St. Pedestrian Enhancement $3,234,938
Indianapolis Pedestrian Crash Focus Area 3 — West 34thand 38th St. near Moller and High School Rd. Pedestrian Enhancement $1,414,463
Indianapolis Pedestrian Crash Focus Area 5 — East 38thStreet from Fall Creek Parkway to Sherman Drive Pedestrian Enhancement $534,060
Indianapolis Pedestrian Crash Focus Area 9 — North Illinois and Meridian St. from 14th Street to 34th St. Pedestrian Enhancement $889,988
Indianapolis White River and 10th Street Connection Bicycle Enhancement $796,800
Indianapolis Bikeshare Expansion (up to 30 new stations and 250 new bikes) Bicycle Enhancement $960,000
Indianapolis Knozone Awareness Program Planning $320,000

Some interesting stuff here. Bike Share expansion is good. The Safe routes to transit initiative sounds great. The Pedestrian Crash Focus areas sounds like something that has come out of the Walkways project. The White River Parkway expansion will likely used be mostly for recreation. Not a bad thing, but not likely to be a part of the multimodal network.

IndyGo Bus Replacement Transit enhancement capital project $4,867,537

This is necessary, our bus fleet is embarrassingly old.

Overall, I’m relatively pleased with the focus of the MPO within Marion County. These lists used to be inverted, with the car-based stuff taking up the bulk of the projects. Of course, we still have to look at the numbers. One road widening in south suburban Marion County takes up almost as much money as all of the interesting multimodal projects within the city.

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One Response to “ “MPO Releases Upcoming Project List”

  1. Paul says:

    I really hope they expand the bike share program up into the north side to Broad Ripple. Not only is the area fairly conducive to bike share itself, but the Red Line will be perfect for them. Bike share is a perfect “last mile” solution in larger urban areas. 1 mile to the transit stop and 1 mile to your work could had 30-40 minutes onto your commuter but that could be cut down to 10 min fairly easily. Riding your own bike is always an option but for short distances and the logistics of either carrying or storing your bike all day even an avid bike commuter like me would opt for a bike share.

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