City announces plan for sidewalk, infrastructure upgrades

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INDIANAPOLIS – City leaders unveiled a plan to improve infrastructure around the city.

Mayor Greg Ballard said the $350 million plan will include sidewalk, street, trail and bridge improvements. The city will use a $135 million bond and existing transportation funds to cover the cost of the three-year development plan.

Department of Public Works Director Lori Miser joined Ballard for the announcement Thursday at the Keenan Stahl Boys and Girls Club on the south side. Residents in that area have been asking for sidewalks in order to make the area safer.

In May, a 7-year-old boy was hit by a car while trying to cross the road there. Teenagers and members of the community organized an awareness walk to bring attention to the problem. If the plan is approved by the City-County Council, construction on sidewalks could start next year.

The proposal will be introduced on Monday. City-County Council President Maggie Lewis and Council Minority Leader Michael McQuillen co-authored the plan.

Here’s a breakdown of the proposal:

  • Bike lanes/Greenways/Sidewalks – $100 million
  • Bridges – $46 million
  • Streets – $102 million
  • Parks – $20 million
  • Traffic – $21 million
  • Neighborhood Development – $7.5 million
  • Alleys – $3 million
  • Future project studies – $19 million
  • Federal match funds – $31 million