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Downtown Indianapolis street to get new look

While keeping historical flavor
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Posted at 9:40 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 21:40:31-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A new look is coming to East Market Street between Delaware and Alabama streets in downtown Indianapolis.

That's the segment of Market between the City Market and the City-County Building. It's a $7.4 million project that will take about 14-months to complete.

The Indianapolis Department of Public Works expects to close Market on September 8, to begin work on a pedestrian infrastructure improvement project. Traffic and parking restrictions along adjacent street intersections are expected to be in place through early November.

East Market Street will be closed between Delaware and Alabama streets for the duration of the project.

According to DPW, a renovated East Market Street will feature safety and accessibility measures for pedestrians between the City-County Building and the City Market. The design includes a raised pedestrian crossing between the two buildings, curb bump-outs to condense motorized traffic lanes, additional vehicle parking, visitor drop-off spaces and bicycle parking. Other improvements feature a landscaped pedestrian promenade and veranda.

And yes, the historic brick look of the street will remain.

Beginning Tuesday, southbound traffic on Alabama Street and northbound traffic on Delaware Street will remain open but traffic lanes will shift to accommodate construction. Traffic traveling east and westbound on Market Street will be diverted to Ohio Street during the closure.

Parking on the west side of Delaware Street will be restricted as the parking lane is repurposed for traffic during construction. Parking on the east side of Delaware Street will be restricted from south of Market Street through the project limits.

On Alabama Street, the far west parking and west through lane will be restricted.

Through October 28, the Original Farmers Market at the Indianapolis City Market will be held on the southeast quadrant of Monument Circle.

Construction on East Market Street is part of a larger effort by DPW to improve street and pedestrian infrastructure for Monument Circle and the extending spokes along Market and Meridian streets.