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3/27/2008


Media Contact:
Steven Hardiman II
(317) 327-2053

Ohio, Pine to Close During Continued Utility Work


INDIANAPOLIS – Beginning April 1, the City of Indianapolis Department of Public Works will close Ohio Street just west of Herman Street to Pine Street, and Pine Street between Market Street and Ohio Street. The closure will facilitate the relocation of utility lines and other ongoing work related to the new interstate interchange being constructed at Washington Street.

DETOUR ROUTES

Drivers impacted by the Pine and Ohio Street closures should take:

·        Arsenal Avenue north to Michigan Street, west to East Street, south to Market Street. (Market Street has two-way traffic, back to College Avenue).

Note: Temporary double yellow striping will be installed for two-way traffic on Ohio Street between Herman Street and Arsenal Avenue for local traffic only. Additional signage on the cross streets will be installed to notify drivers of the conversion to two-way traffic.

INFRASTRUTURE IMPROVEMENTS

A portion of Ohio Street and all of Pine Street will be replaced after new storm drainage infrastructure, curbs, sidewalks and pavement are installed.

Completion of Ohio and Pine Street improvements is expected in late June, however the closure may remain in place due to additional upcoming sewer and drainage work in the area. 

PROJECT OPEN MARKET

The improvements to Pine and Ohio Streets are part of Project Open Market, a city initiative to spur investment and create economic opportunity on the Near-eastside by removing the Market Street I-65/70 interstate ramp and building a new interchange along East Washington Street. The multi-million dollar project, financed mostly through federal grant dollars, will "open up" Market Street for new business opportunities and create a more pedestrian friendly corridor that will better connect the Near-Eastside to downtown Indianapolis.