Today is our chance to make a better tomorrow for Indianapolis

We have a once-in-a-generation chance to reconnect communities, improve resident health outcomes, address justice concerns, and transform our city and region.

The I-65/I-70 inner loop has created a massive barrier around Downtown Indianapolis. We can transform acres of under-utilized space and unleash limitless opportunities to revolutionize our city. Check out the Comparative Study for more information on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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What the Comparative Study Found

An elevated highway creates an unwelcoming “dead zone”, where culture and business languish. It’s a missed opportunity. Let’s seize this chance to bring these spaces back to life.

A recessed highway eliminates the "Dead Zone" and performs as well as (if not better than) an elevated highway
The Comparative Study revealed we can meet capacity requirements, allow for similar traffic volumes, and handle congestion during peak periods. Miles traveled would be about the same, either way.
A recessed highway improves safety.
Not only is it safer for pedestrians and cyclists—this approach eliminates several decision points for drivers, while increasing decision-making time at other key points.
A recessed highway improves the environment.
Less noise. Less air pollution. More walking and biking opportunities. That’s only good.
A recessed highway improves neighborhoods.
A smaller urban footprint actually “stitches back together” neighborhoods torn apart by current elevated interstate highways—improving quality of life, access to parks, and opportunities to generate wealth through nearby real estate development.
A recessed highway frees up millions of dollars for investment in new growth opportunities
A recessed highway can essentially pay for itself, freeing up land for “value capture” – re–establishing communities and spurring development, which could more than make up for its additional (though already relatively minimal) construction cost.

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