Where road construction, closures are happening in Indianapolis in July

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There's an end in sight for the $9.2 million project that has wreaked traffic havoc on an infamous X-shaped intersection in the Twin Aire neighborhood.

But first, a summer of closures.

The city expects the project on Southeastern Avenue, Rural Street and English Avenue — which includes a new roundabout — to be fully open to traffic by the end of this year. To complete the home stretch, a portion of Southeastern Avenue that was previously restricted to one lane of traffic is now closed for six months.

There is no shortage of equally and more significant closures these summer months, including a crucial cross-river connection, the historic 30th Street bridge.

Here is where to expect to detour in Indianapolis in July:

Downtown streets under I-65/I-70 (North Split)

Central Avenue: July 11 through late August.

Delaware/11th Street ramp to I-70 East: Expected to reopen in early July.

Lewis Street: Through early August.

Ohio Street: Through early October.

10th Street: July 18 through early September.

College Avenue bridge

Where: Over Central Canal, north of Broad Ripple Avenue.

When: Through the fall.

Why: Bridge maintenance, including partial replacement of the bridge deck, a new overlay and widened sidewalks.

Detour: Use Kessler Boulevard, Meridian Street and 71st Street.

West Market Street

Where: The westbound lane from Illinois Street to Monument Circle and the eastern two lanes of Illinois Street near the intersection with Market Street.

When: Until later this year.

Why: Reconstruction of the roadway and sidewalks, similar to a completed portion of east Market Street.

Detour: Take Illinois to Ohio to Pennsylvania to rejoin Market Street.

30th Street bridge

Where: Over the White River.

When: Until fall 2024.

Why: A historic bridge rehabilitation project, which will include a reinforced concrete arch, road and sidewalk replacement, added railing between sidewalks and vehicle lanes.

Detour: Drivers will have to go up north to 38th Street to cross the river, then Kessler Boulevard or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street, back south to 30th Street. Pedestrians and cyclists can use the White River Trail and Cold Springs Road to cross the river at 16th Street.

Monon Trail

Where: From 22nd to 25th Streets, 29th Street to Sutherland Avenue, 49th to 56th Streets.

When: Segments will shut down for construction in phases throughout the summer. These are the segment closures slated for the period spanning June, July and August.

Why: A $1.7 million widening project.

Detour: The pedestrian detour follows College Avenue to the Fall Creek Parkway Trail, then west on 38th Street and north on Winthrop Avenue to rejoin the Monon. The bicycle detour uses 19th Street, New Jersey Street, the Fall Creek Parkway Trail, then a series of neighborhood streets to rejoin the Monon at 56th Street. Full detour maps are at indy.gov/activity/major-transportation-projects.

More: Indy begins widening its portion of the Monon Trail for first time in decades

38th Street

Where: Westbound lanes from Keystone Avenue to Emerson Avenue.

When: Beginning on or after July 11, lasting up to 130 days.

Why: Storm sewer construction in preparation for the Purple Line.

Detour: Westbound traffic will be detoured via Emerson Avenue, 46th Street and Keystone Avenue. An eastbound lane will remain open.

Southeastern Avenue

Where: Between Trowbridge Street and a railroad crossing at about 3400 East Southeastern Avenue, except for the intersection with Pleasant Run Parkway North Drive, where east-west traffic can cross Southeastern Avenue. Rural Street remains closed at English Avenue.

When: Until the end of the year.

Why: Road, sidewalk and drainage improvements near the Community Justice Campus, including a two-lane roundabout at Southeastern Avenue and Rural Street.

Detour: North to Washington Street via State Avenue and Sherman Drive. It's recommended that pedestrians use sidewalks along local roadways: Trowbridge Avenue, Graydon Street, Meredith Avenue, Gray Street and English Avenue.

Previously restricted to one lane of traffic, Southeastern Avenue is now closed through the end of 2022 to allow crews to finalize work on roadway infrastructure upgrades near the Community Justice Campus.
Previously restricted to one lane of traffic, Southeastern Avenue is now closed through the end of 2022 to allow crews to finalize work on roadway infrastructure upgrades near the Community Justice Campus.

South Madison Avenue bridge

Where: Over I-465.

When: Through mid-July.

Why: Demolition and replacement.

Detour: Follow Thompson Road, Keystone Avenue and Hanna Avenue.

Fort Wayne Avenue

Where: Between Delaware and Alabama Streets.

When: Through late August.

Why: A project to convert the street from one-way to two-way traffic.

Detour: Use Alabama, North and Delaware streets.

South Franklin Road

Where: Between Southeastern and Troy avenues.

When: Through late August.

Why: To replace the bridge over Miller Ditch.

Detour: Via Southeastern Avenue, Northeastern Avenue, Post Road and East Troy Avenue.

East 71st Street

Where: The road beneath I-465, between Avalon Trail Court and Shadeland Avenue. The multi-use trail is open, but will see intermittent closures for bridge work.

When: Through late this year.

Why: To install steel supports for an expanded I-465 bridge over 71st Street as part of the Indiana Department of Transportation's Clear Path project.

Detour: Shadeland Avenue, 75th Street and Binford Boulevard.

Binford Boulevard ramp

Where: The northbound loop ramp onto I-465 westbound.

When: On or after July 5, lasting through 2025.

Why: To keep I-465 westbound traffic flowing through the work zone of INDOT's Clear Path project and to allow for the completion of temporary ramps at the I-69 and I-465 interchange.

Detour: Drivers should expect to find alternate routes for a couple years, INDOT says.

Dr. Andrew J. Brown Avenue

Where: Between Sutherland Avenue and 32nd Street.

When: July 13 through the end of September.

Why: A $16.4 million stormwater infrastructure project.

Detour: Via 30th Street, Keystone Avenue and 34th Street.

East 33rd Street

Where: Along segments of road between Dr. Andrew J. Brown Avenue and Ralston Avenue.

When: July 18 through the end of December.

Why: To install a new stormwater system.

Detour: Via 32nd Street.

Minnesota Street bridge

Where: Between South Butler and Spencer avenues.

When: Through late July.

Why: Bridge rehabilitation, resulting in expanded travel lanes and 6-foot sidewalks.

Detour: Follow Southeastern Avenue, East Raymond Street and Arlington Avenue.

Emerson Avenue bridge

Where: Between Southeastern Avenue and Raymond Street.

When: Through late summer.

Why: Bridge rehabilitation, resulting in 11-foot travel lanes, 6-foot sidewalks and drainage improvements.

Detour: Use Raymond Street and Southeastern Avenue as alternate north- and southbound routes.

East Banta Road

Where: Between Derbyshire Road and Twin Brooks Drive.

When: Through late July.

Why: To replace the bridge over Derbyshire Creek, including new guardrails and pavement approaches on either side.

Detour: Via McFarland Road, Southport Road and Madison Avenue. Residents will be able to access their homes.

Beecher Street and East Pleasant Run Parkway South Drive

Where: Beecher Street between East Pleasant Run Parkway North Drive and East Pleasant Run Parkway South Drive; East Pleasant Run Parkway South Drive between Beecher and Raymond streets; and the Pleasant Run Trail access in these parts.

When: Through the end of 2023.

Why: For the Pleasant Run Tunnel project, which is part of Citizen Energy Group's larger DigIndy tunnel project.

Detour: Signs will detour motorists to Iowa Street, East Pleasant Run Parkway North Drive, Shelby and Raymond streets.

East Pleasant Run Parkway North Drive

Citizens Energy Group is continuing its work on Indianapolis' wastewater systems through two projects impacting this road:

Between Keystone Avenue and Prospect Street.

  • When: Through approximately mid-July.

  • Detour: Take Keystone north to Prospect, or Prospect west to Keystone.

Between South Meridian Street and Pagoda Drive.

  • When: Through approximately early August.

  • Detour: Use Meridian, Raymond and Shelby streets and Southern Avenue. Madison Avenue will not be affected.

Mann Road

Where: The bridge over I-465.

When: Through approximately the beginning of October.

Why: Bridge replacement as part of the I-69 Finish Line project.

Detour: Take Thompson Road, High School Road and Kentucky Avenue to cross I-465. The I-465 westbound exit ramp will remain open to northbound Mann Road, and the I-465 on ramp will remain open from Thompson Road and northbound Mann Road.

German Church Road

Where: between Brookville Road and Washington Street.

When: July 5 through about July 9.

Why: Emergency railroad repairs at a crossing near 2155 South German Church Rd.

Detour: Post Road.

62nd Street

Where: Between Winnpeny Lane and Allisonville Road.

When: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays beginning July 5 and lasting four weeks.

Why: Citizens Energy Group project to install a new water main.

Detour: Use Allisonville Road, Kessler Boulevard East Drive and Binford Boulevard.

Kessler Boulevard West Drive

Where: The bridge over the White River.

When: July 11-16.

Why: To set bridge beams as part of an ongoing, multi-year project to reconstruct the bridge.

Detour: Via Meridian Street, West 38th Street and Michigan Road.

Bridgeport Road

Where: Between West Morris Street and Mellen Road.

When: July 11-15.

Why: To install three pedestrian bridges along the west side of the road, as well as new sidewalk and ADA-compliant ramps.

Detour: Through traffic will follow Morris Street, Raceway Road, Washington Street and Porter Street. Residents will be able to access local roads and driveways.

Vandergriff Road

Where: Between Davis and Pentecost roads.

When: July 11-29.

Why: To replace the culvert at around the 9700 block.

Detour: Through traffic will follow Senour and Pentecost roads. Residents will be able to access their homes and local roads, up to the culvert.

Shelby Street

Where: Bridge over Bean Creek.

When: July 19 through November.

Why: Bridge rehabilitation.

Detour: Vehicles will detour via Raymond Street, Troy Avenue and Keystone Avenue. Pedestrians may use Willow Drive and Southern Avenue to the designated detour along Manker Street.

Mooresville Road

Where: Just north of its intersection with West Mills Road.

When: July 18-22.

Why: To install a new storm water pipe across the road.

Detour: Southbound traffic on High School Road will be detoured west via Milhouse Road, Mendenhall Road and Mills Road. Northbound traffic will be detoured west via Mills Road, Mendenhall Road, and Kentucky Avenue.

Contact IndyStar transportation reporter Kayla Dwyer at kdwyer@indystar.com or follow her on Twitter @kayla_dwyer17

This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: Indianapolis Traffic: Road closures to watch for in July 2022