Final touches made on several construction projects in time for Super Bowl

Construction crews are working on several downtown roads in preparation for the Super Bowl.

Indianapolis

Construction crews are working on several downtown roads in preparation for the Super Bowl.  

So will all the orange barrels and construction disappear from the downtown roadways soon, in time for the big football event?    

Greg Henneke, the program manager of Rebuild Indy, said not all of the projects, totaling $50 million, were started because of the Super Bowl.

“We wanted to get them done for the Super Bowl, and obviously didn't want to have a bunch of stuff under construction,” said Henneke.

Around 165 lane miles downtown, 30,000 linear feet of sidewalk have been completed, which is about 80 percent of the projects.  The completed work includes 350 American with Disability Ramps.

Resurfacing was the biggest headache for many, costing $15 million.  However, it will all be complete by the end of November.   The other projects, which total $35 million, include Georgia Street and the Cultural Trail.  

 “There are three projects going on right now: The Washington Street project, the southeast leg of the Cultural Trail heading down to Fountain Square and the west piece going in and connecting IUPUI,” said Department of Public Works Deputy Director Larry Jones.  

Jones said by Thanksgiving, almost everything should be done.  However, some outlying streets and landscaping will wait until next spring for planting.  

“The trail itself will have pedestrian islands, bump out islands and plazas at all the major cross-streets,” said Jones.

So what is left to be completed?  

A few streets still need striping and manhole adjustments.

“We really appreciate people’s patients because it's been tough, but I think people do appreciate the new infrastructure after they get through the pain of getting it built,” said Henneke.

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