On January 12, the Board of Public Works approved a $6.7 million construction contract for Rieth Riley Construction to undertake an extensive drainage project in Broad Ripple.Below-ground stormwater systems will be improved on Broad Ripple Avenue between College Avenue and Primrose Avenue including a new stormwater trunkline, manholes and inlets, roadway underdrains and permeable pavers. Upgrades will also be constructed in portions of several side streets: Winthrop Avenue, Guilford Avenue, and Carrollton Avenue (see image above.)
Pedestrian upgrades are included in the project. The south side of Broad Ripple Avenue from College Avenue to Winthrop Avenue will receive wider sidewalks. Sidewalks on the north side of the Avenue between Guilford Avenue and Winthrop Avenue will also be widened. All existing sidewalks will be replaced and ornamental lighting like that used on Georgia Street downtown will be added to the corridor from just east of College Avenue to Winthrop Avenue.
A bonus of the project will be the construction of the Broad Ripple RiverWalk, funded by a Neighborhood Infrastructure Grant awarded to the Broad Ripple Village Association, which collected $550,000 in donations for its portion of the match. The 12 foot wide separated multi-modal path will strengthen the connection between Broad Ripple Park and the Monon Trail. Landscaped medians between the park and the Monon Trail will improve safety and enhance the eastern gateway to the Village.According to the Department of Public Works, construction is expected to begin this spring with completion by Halloween. Pedestrian access to all businesses will be maintained during the construction period via sidewalks and ramps.