INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Department of Public Works (Indy DPW) announced the reopening of Broad Ripple Avenue between Winthrop Avenue and Guilford Avenue today after completing drainage improvements in the area along with roadway reconstruction and sidewalk widening activity. This section will open up today at 5:00 p.m. Along with beautification, Phase 1 of the Broad Ripple drainage improvements allowed Indy DPW to place a stormwater superstructure and 48-inch pipe under Broad Ripple Avenue which will connect with additional infrastructure to alleviate flooding along the street and throughout the area.
“First and foremost, we are thankful to our city officials for recognizing the need for stormwater improvements in our area and for the positive reception towards the cosmetic improvements to beautify the space and increase pedestrian safety,” said Jordan Dillon, executive director of Broad Ripple Village Association.
In spring 2023, Indy DPW will resume the project and spend approximately 70 days extending the remaining stormwater trunk line from Guilford Avenue to College Avenue. During this time, the western segment of Broad Ripple Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic while all businesses remain open and accessible via sidewalks. Winthrop Avenue to Guilford Avenue will remain fully open during work in the spring.
Once the project is completed in mid-2023, Indy DPW will have invested more than $8.5 million in Broad Ripple Avenue including new stormwater infrastructure to combat historic ponding along the avenue, a rehabilitated roadway, improved sidewalks to accommodate increased pedestrian traffic and a multi-use trail connecting Broad Ripple Park to the Monon Trail and Broad Ripple Village.
“This extensive project will deliver drainage and pedestrian improvements to an area that many residents and visitors enjoy,” said Ericka Miller. “These improvements will reduce flooding not only along Broad Ripple Avenue but throughout Broad Ripple Village. That is long-awaited good news for area residents, businesses, and patrons alike.”
This project is just one of the many successful infrastructure projects included in the 2022 capital infrastructure program. This construction season has seen more than $240 million in major improvements.
Residents can view initial project plans at indy.gov/activity/broad-ripple-avenue-improvements. To stay up to date on plans for the second phase of this project, residents can subscribe to the BRVA newsletter for bi-weekly construction updates.