West Washington Street will receive a $22 million investment from the City of Indianapolis and other funds. We inquired City-County Councilor Jared Evans about the project.
What is the project?
The project is a complete reconstruction of West Washington Street from Hold Road to Lynhurst Drive. In addition to sidewalks, the project will include stormwater infrastructure such as drains and curbs.
How was it made possible?
The proposed IndyGo Blue Line project has been canceled, and our community will lose $50 million in infrastructure improvements from Holt Rd to High School Rd.
After this announcement, Councilor Evans immediately brought the limitations of the road formula to the attention of state lawmakers. After that, Evans worked with the mayor to utilize TIF funds from the Indianapolis International airport and secure funds from DPW and IndyGo for the $22 million project.
How will it benefit the business community?
Investment in public infrastructure promotes private investment in the business community – such as Main Street Speedway or Fountain Square. In addition, increased investment in public infrastructure reduces criminal activity in communities. Of course, the most direct benefit is the attractive environment for new customers.
How will it benefit residences?
Not only will commuters drive on smooth roads, but residents will also benefit. Residents from Fleming Gardens to Shelton Heights will safely traverse between their neighborhoods and to nearby boutiques and eateries like Davis Jean and Ole Mexican Grille.
Many residents can sleep soundly during evening storms––not worrying about encroaching floodwaters. The residential communities of West Washington Street will have stormwater drains and curbs to divert water from neighborhood streets and culverts.
When will the project begin?
There will be public meetings in the summer of 2023. Utilities will be moved in the fourth quarter of 2023, and groundbreaking will happen in 2024. The project will be completed by 2025.