DPW launches ‘RebuildIndy’ construction season

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 19, 2015) - A major initiative to improve Indianapolis' infrastructure is set to launch Tuesday morning. The Department of Public Works will be kicking off the 'RebuildIndy' construction season at 9 a.m.

One major component of the project is the expansion of the Eagle Creek Greenway. Once completed, the trail will be more than 16 miles long. The city is investing nearly $15 million to extend the trail and connect more residents.

"As we’ve seen with the Monon Trail and the Indianapolis culture trail, we really see that it brings economic development to a place that might not otherwise have it and it gets people active, it gets people out of their homes," said Benjamin Easley, spokesperson for DPW. "We really think it’s a very holistic way to improve the city of Indianapolis."

Tuesday's groundbreaking marks the beginning of phase one of the trail expansion.

"We’re going to take that project in 4 phases all the way from where it currently is north of 46th street down to the intersection of Kentucky Avenue and Raymond St. where it currently ends," Easley said.

DPW also plans to focus on the Safe Routes to School program during the 2015 construction season. Crews plan to add sidewalks so that children have a safe path to school, instead of being forced to walk on the street.

"We have really pushed for a large number of sidewalks to be included exactly for that reason, just to keep people out of the street and give them a safe route to walk on their commute, to keep our city connected," Easley said.

To see the map of the trail, click here .