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Red Line Construction Update: 5/11

Red Line Construction Update: 5/11
This week, I’ll be using photos provided by Dawn Olsen. She recently visited the 30th and Meridian Station. I particularly like the one of the citizen laughing in the middle of the street. Human interactions like this will be more common in Indy after this project is finished. Here’s the weekly IndyGo email: College Avenue: There will continue to be short-term lane restrictions at the College Avenue station locations this week to allow for station structures to be installed. Flaggers will direct traffic through around the work areas. 42nd Street – one lane closure May 23 for up to 3...
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Red Line Construction Update: 5/14

Red Line Construction Update: 5/14
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: This is the future station at 52nd and College, which is located a half a block to the south. This is the sidewalk ramp to the future station: Here’s...
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Red Line Update: 5/6

Red Line Update: 5/6
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: Here’s the IndyGo e-mail for this week: Three Week Look Ahead: May 6 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...
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Red Line Construction Update: 4/29

Red Line Construction Update: 4/29
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: 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...
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Red Line Construction Update: 4/22

Red Line Construction Update: 4/22
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: And here’s a few photos farther south along Virginia in Fletcher Place: 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: 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...
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Red Line Construction Update: April 16

Red Line Construction Update: April 16
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: 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: 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...
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Red Line Construction update- April 8, 2019

Red Line Construction update- April 8, 2019
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...
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New York Street in the Mile Square: Walk at Your Own Risk

New York Street in the Mile Square: Walk at Your Own Risk
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...
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Looking at Safety from a Pedestrian’s Eye

Looking at Safety from a Pedestrian’s Eye
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. Actually, safety must be an option right now. If you’ve ever tried to...
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Market and New Jersey: The Evolution of an Urban Corner

Market and New Jersey: The Evolution of an Urban Corner
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: The opposite corner was not any better. It was a surface parking lot for over a decade after the demolition of Market Square Arena: I also looked at the corner in 2011: 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...
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