Community members raise concerns of North Split overhaul

Posted at 7:01 AM, Jan 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-26 07:01:55-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- Neighbors, businesses and some members of the Indy Chamber of Commerce have raised concerns about the plan to overhaul the North Split in Indianapolis. 

Last year, INDOT proposed a $250 million plan to reconstruct the North Split, due to the deterioration of bridges and pavement, and to ease congestion.

The North Split was built 50 years ago and is nearing the end of its useful life. The interchange is one of the busiest in Indiana. 

INDOT wants to start the remake of the North Split by 2020. It would expand lanes, exit ramps, and butt the highway and walls up to popular neighborhoods. INDOT is also discussing diverting truck and other traffic away from downtown and onto I-465, and creating boulevards and lower tunnels that are residential-friendly and not as noisy. 

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Marj Sparks is concerned about the North Split plan. 

"It seems to me the main concern is the impact on their neighborhoods," Sparks said. "They're going to be losing a lot of greenway that has come to be with efforts of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful over the last few years, and replaced with high cement walls."

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