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Proposed Red Line left-turn restrictions now public

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –  Once the Red Line public transit system is operational, drivers won’t be able to freely make left turns on stretches of two main thoroughfares.

The City-County Council Public Works Committee voted Tuesday night to send a proposal to the full council, that would limit left turns and parking on Meridian and College.

“With better, reliable transit service, there are some tradeoffs,” said Bryan Luellen.

Those tradeoffs include increased traffic, parking restrictions, loss of parking and a major decrease in the amount of legal left turns.

On Meridian, the restrictions would start on 19th and run all the way to 37th going north and southbound.

On College, left turns would be prohibited at dozens of intersections from 39th to 63rd.

For the most part, left turns will only be allowed at intersections with lights, but not all.

Some cross streets, like Meridian and Fall Creek Parkway, already have restrictions in place during commute hours, but now those turns would be off limits all day long.

In all, the ordinance proposes 52 new intersections where drivers won’t be able to hook a left. College and Westfield Blvd is included on the list, but drivers already can’t turn left there.

For the most part, left turns will only be allowed at intersections with lights, but not all. Drivers will have to either turn left earlier or make a Michigan left, which requires a U-turn at a signalized intersection to make a right turn.

Red Line or not, Councillor Jeff Miller says many of these restrictions need to happen anyway.

“You know, it’s dangerous to make turns left onto College for example, it’s dangerous to cross College,” said Miller. “We have traffic studies that they didn’t go into, but really a lot of these changes I think we should’ve made anyway. And that might be why we’re not hearing as much resistance.”

But Miller also acknowledges many people just might not know the extent yet, since the proposal was just made public September 7.

It’s anticipated the College Avenue lane restrictions will primarily affect where people live.

And Miller does expect, as Red Line opponents warned, this could lead to more traffic on residential streets.

“It’s going to be interesting to see how the traffic flows,” said Miller. “There was discussion about will IndyGo be responsible for repaving roads if residential streets get more damage to them. There’s going to be an MOU between the city and IndyGo and we will be discussing those types of things heavily.”

The IndyGo spokesperson says this plan is the result of hours of feedback business owners and residents around College and Meridian gave them.

They’re still answering questions people have about the design during two-hour transit talks over the next few weeks.

Click here for the full schedule.

Left-turns prohibited at the following locations:

  • Meridian Street, southbound Eighteenth Street, eastbound
  • Meridian Street, northbound Nineteenth Street, westbound
  • Meridian Street, northbound Twentieth Street, westbound
  • Meridian Street, northbound McLean Place, westbound
  • Meridian Street, northbound Twenty-second Street, westbound
  • Meridian Street, southbound Twenty-third Street, eastbound
  • Meridian Street, northbound Twenty-fourth Street, westbound
  • Meridian Street, southbound Twenty-fourth Street, eastbound
  • Meridian Street, southbound Twenty-fifth Street, eastbound
  • Meridian Street, northbound Fall Creek Parkway, North Drive, westbound
  • Meridian Street, southbound Fall Creek Boulevard, North Drive, eastbound
  • Meridian Street, northbound Twenty-seventh Street, westbound
  • Meridian Street, northbound Twenty-ninth Street, westbound
  • Meridian Street, southbound Thirtieth Street, eastbound
  • Meridian Street, northbound Thirty-third Street, westbound
  • Meridian Street, southbound Thirty-third Street, eastbound
  • Meridian Street, southbound Thirty-fourth Street, eastbound
  • Meridian Street, northbound Thirty-fifth Street, westbound
  • Meridian Street, northbound Thirty-sixth Street, westbound
  • Meridian Street, southbound Thirty-sixth Street, eastbound
  • Meridian Street, southbound Thirty-seventh Street, eastbound
  • Thirty-eighth Street, eastbound Broadway Street, northbound
  • Thirty-eighth Street, westbound Broadway Street, southbound
  • College Avenue, northbound Thirty-ninth Street, westbound
  • College Avenue, northbound Fortieth Street, westbound
  • College Avenue, southbound Fortieth Street, eastbound
  • College Avenue, southbound Forty-second Street, eastbound
  • College Avenue, northbound Forty-fourth Street, westbound
  • College Avenue, southbound Forty-fourth Street, eastbound
  • College Avenue, northbound Forty-sixth Street, westbound
  • College Avenue, southbound Forty-eighth Street, eastbound
  • College Avenue, northbound Forty-eighth Street, westbound
  • College Avenue, northbound Fiftieth Street, westbound
  • College Avenue, southbound Fiftieth Street, eastbound
  • College Avenue, northbound Fifty-first Street, westbound
  • College Avenue, southbound Fifty-first Street, eastbound
  • College Avenue, northbound Fifty-third Street, westbound
  • College Avenue, southbound Fifty-third Street, eastbound
  • College Avenue, southbound Bungalow Court, eastbound
  • College Avenue, southbound Fifty-fifth Street, eastbound
  • College Avenue, northbound Fifty-sixth Street, westbound
  • College Avenue, southbound Fifty-sixth Street, eastbound
  • College Avenue, northbound Northview Avenue, westbound
  • College Avenue, southbound Northview Avenue, eastbound
  • College Avenue, northbound Fifty-eighth Street, westbound
  • College Avenue, southbound Fifty-eighth Street, eastbound
  • College Avenue, northbound Sixtieth Street, westbound
  • College Avenue, southbound Sixtieth Street, eastbound
  • College Avenue, southbound Paxton Place, eastbound
  • College Avenue, northbound Sixty-second Street, westbound
  • College Avenue, southbound Sixty-second Street, eastbound
  • College Avenue, northbound Westfield Boulevard, southwest bound
  • College Avenue, northbound Sixty-third Street, westbound