INDOT North Split Open House

Biltwell Event Center - 950 S. White River Parkway S. Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46221

An “open house” to provide information on the System-Level Analysis of the entire downtown interstate system (aka the North Split) will occur from 3:00 to 7:00pm with presentations by INDOT (Indiana Dept of Transportation) given at 4pm and 6pm. During each of the public meetings, the public will have an opportunity to get project information regarding the project details to date, schedule and ask any questions. Spanish-language interpretation will be available upon request. The goal is to provide interactive stations to gain input while also allowing the public to directly talk and ask questions of the project team. 

Voice your opinion—In your words. Make comments at the individual interactive stations.

It would great to have many of you there for a 3pm arrival (4pm presentation). INDOT needs to see and measure the public sentiment (NO!) for expanding lanes and adding walls. INDOT wants comments. Explain why you do (or do not) like various options. Please take a look at the Interstate Project article section on HUNI's website if you want to come in armed with additional ideas or see what peer cities have done with their freeways.

The Rethink 65/70 Coalition’s Position

The Coalition’s position since INDOT came out with its 7 Concepts and push to move forward with the North Split reconstruction is rather simple:  Stabilize Don’t Replace the North Split.  By this we mean INDOT should take immediate measures to stabilize the bridges and road decks of the North Split, and tactical measures to address safety concerns there, BUT stay in the existing footprint.  This should give the North Split an additional 3-5 year life over its existing life.  Also, the Governor and Mayor should immediately convene a community-wide, comprehensive study to develop a plan for handling highway traffic downtown, to be completed in two years.  This way we can thoroughly and comprehensively address all issues and explore all innovations as we try to make the reconstruction of the inner loop less about counting traffic and more about transforming downtown Indianapolis and making it a magnet for good jobs and a livable city.

The Coalition (of which HUNI fully supports and has been highly involved from the start) believes the best path forward is as follows: 

1.Near Term Stabilization--Move forward immediately to stabilize and extend the life of the infrastructure for 3-5 years.

2.Near Term Safety Interventions--Reduce weaving impacts concurrent with stabilization measures.

3.Long Term Plan--Prepare a robust, comprehensive, community-wide, independent plan that provides definitive direction for the downtown interstate system.

4.Implementation--Move forward with the community’s vision utilizing innovative funding.

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