We now have a chance to reverse the division caused by the 1960s interstate project. Cities across the U.S. plan to tear down their urban interstates and replace them with smarter, more connected traffic patterns. Alternatives like these would offer economic benefits while improving quality of life for Indiana residents.
For example, a multimodal boulevard like the one pictured in these renderings would reconnect the city grid—giving commuters and residents more opportunities to enter or exit the highway. This would ease rush hour traffic and increase visibility, while creating new opportunities for economic development.
In a multimodal boulevard design, Boulevard Circles (as shown in dark green with yellow borders) would act as gateways to help evenly manage traffic throughout downtown—increasing connectivity while reducing bottlenecks.
WE HAVE TO ACT NOW
INDOT plans to establish its direction for reconstruction with the Federal Highway Administration in June 2018, at that point it will become increasingly difficult to change the direction of this massive project. We’re calling on our leaders to commission an independent study before it’s too late.