INDIANAPOLIS — If you’re planning to head to the Indiana State Fairgrounds this week, you’ll need to be aware of a few detours that you might run into in Indianapolis as workers begin construction on another leg of Indy’s new rapid bus transit system.
The Purple Line will run from downtown Indianapolis to Lawrence on the east side with a plan to be up and running by 2024. This week, workers have closed Keystone Avenue south of 38th street as they begin work on installing rapid bus lanes and bus platforms along the stretch of road.
This particular closure will last 10 days, but the construction projects in the area will last well into the summer.
“We have been very intentional in how we planned out our construction and how we planned out our blocks so that we are doing it in bite-sized chunks. We can do all of the work at one time and not have to double back,” said Carrie Black, an IndyGo spokesperson, on WISH-TV.
“It’s also storm sewage separation in an area that has horrible drainage,” Black added. “It’s a multi-use path where people can bike and they can also walk.”
Drivers in the area of the closure are going to be detoured by using 46th Street, Sherman Drive, and 34th Street. It’s not clear yet if any future closures will impact the Indiana State Fair.
“There are many access points and entrances to the fairgrounds. We’re working with the fairgrounds. They’re working with us to make sure that there is adequate access to the fairgrounds,” Black said.