Streetscape Updates (archive)


Below is an archive of the Irvington Streetscape that took place in 2012, preserved here as a way to document its history.

Sept 15 Streetscape Construction Update
  • Our construction contractors met the Halloween Festival Logistics Consultant (Brian Mack), and he was given assurances that based on the current progress the work is on schedule to allow for the festival to take place on Washington Street!
  • Work on the southern lanes is almost done.  Traffic should be redirected around the September 24th, and the middle three lanes will be closed.  There will be one lane east bound in the far south lane and one lane west bound in the far north lane.
  • You will not be able to make any left turn lanes (from Washington or onto Washington) at the Audubon and Ritter intersections while they are working on the pavers.  Nor will you be able to cross Washington St.  Access for north bound traffic on those two streets will open up again to Washington St., but only to turn right (east).   The work on the intersections will be their first priority to get them back open again as soon as possible.
  • The sign directing traffic to access South Audubon Rd. at Johnson Ave. will go up, but the work in the middle lanes after the 24th will make turning left there problematic.  Please keep directing your customers to your businesses from Brookville, but cars traveling west on Washington should be able to carefully turn left there unless they’re actively working on that segment.
  • The work on Irvington Ave. was delayed as they tried to assemble enough replacement pavers.  Because of the road condition and the deteriorating bricks there, they will have to remove the bricks  several more yards back from the intersection than they had anticipated.  We consulted with the responsible agencies for the city and the state, and they approved the change.  Unfortunately it could not be avoided, and we will try to salvage as many bricks as we can for the rest of this project and future projects in Irvington.
  • Sod will be going in the plots along the curb in the blocks east of Audubon Rd. and west of Ritter.  The contractor is responsible for watering the grass for the first 30 days, but then the adjoining property owners will be responsible for maintaining it.  The grass will make for a safer barrier to the street, help with storm water drainage, and help “green up” the corridor.  The bushes in front of the townhomes will also be replanted soon, but there still is no word on the trees and other perennials – if they’ll go in in November or next spring.
  • The tree grates will be coming soon so the large holes will soon no longer be hazards (and unofficial trash receptacles).
  • Next week will bring a lot of visible changes.  I know everyone is anxious for this to be over, but so far it’s gone remarkably well.  A HUGE THANK YOU to our contractors, business owners and employees, customers, and residents for your perseverance, patience, and good cheer during Irvington’s “Under Construction” season.
 
Margaret Lawrence Banning
Executive Director
Irvington Development Organization
338 S. Arlington Ave.
Ste. 202
Indianapolis, IN 46219
317.260.0669

August 3 Streetscape Update
  • The traffic switch to the south side of Washington will take place Monday, the 6th – just in time for the first day of school (we’re sorry about that)!  The good news is that the Audubon and Ritter intersections will open for the time being until they close the south sides after Labor Day.
  • The final coat of asphalt on the northern most traffic lane will need to be completed before they make the switch. There are too many utility covers poking up and they didn’t want drivers doing the slalom to avoid hitting them.
  • The intersections at Layman and Irvington (just the north side of Washington St.) will be closed for the brick replacement from the 7th to the 10th and the same for Whittier the following week.
  • We received word from the city and KIB that we will have to postpone our plantings until the spring due to the drought.  We will make sure the planters have plenty of mulch, but it won’t look as nice as we’d like over the winter.
  • We’re pretty much on track and they’re making great progress!
  • Please continue to be cautious when you’re driving through the construction zone and be as patient as possible. Thank you!
Margaret Lawrence Banning
Executive Director
Irvington Development Organization
338 S. Arlington Ave.
Ste. 202
Indianapolis, IN 46219
317.260.0669

 

 

July 20 Streetscape Construction Update
  • Our Irvington Streetscape is still on schedule! The contractors anticipate having everything done on the north side of Washington (except the final coat of asphalt) by the end of July.
  • Crews will then switch to the south side of the street 31 July.  The intersections at Ritter and Audubon will open up near the end of July and the south side of those intersections won’t close until after Labor Day, so will get a little breather.
  • After the intersections of Ritter and Audubon open, crews will begin work on the approaches of the brick streets Layman, Irvington, and Whittier Place where they meet Washington St. This will likely occur on Aug 1.  The bricks require special attention, so it will mean closing those streets but only for about three days at a time (note: Whittier and Irvington will not be closed at the same time).  Street closing signs will be up announcing the impending closure in advance, but if you know anyone who lives along those streets, please pass this along.
  • Of course all these dates are subject to change (especially if we get any rain!), but stay tuned for future updates.
  • Oh! And how do you like the new street lamps?!
Margaret Lawrence Banning
Executive Director
Irvington Development Organization
338 S. Arlington Ave.
Ste. 202
Indianapolis, IN 46219
317.260.0669

 

July 12 Streetscape Construction Update

  • If you haven’t noticed, the intersections at Audubon and Ritter are now closed to through traffic and to all traffic from the north.  Please be patient and avoid cutting through parking lots and speeding through the side streets.  The detours are Pleasant Run Parkway to Arlington and Emerson.  You can still turn on Layman.
  • And a clarification, they will mill (remove the top layers of asphalt) on the northern most driving lane and parking lane this week.  They will put down an intermediate coat following that with a final layer to go on at the very end of the project.
  • The curb line in front of Ossip’s was moved north slightly and the last parking space will be dedicated to only motorcycle parking to improve the sight line for traffic pulling out on Layman.
  • The north side’s sidewalks and curbs should all be completed and lamp poles installed (but not turned on) this week.
  • And speaking of lamp poles, you can see the acorn tops on some of them now.  So be sure to drink a pint of Street Light Blond at Black Acre Brewery who is donating $1 from every glass of the special brew to the maintenance fund!
  • Just a reminder, the trees and planter areas will not be put in until this fall at the very end of the project.   We are still looking for volunteers to help with the planting the first and second Saturdays in November.  Maybe by then it will be cool, and we’ll have some rain.
  • And we received notice that the city will be rebuilding the bridge on Pleasant Run Parkway (just east of Ritter) in 2014.  It will involve straightening that curve there too.  I haven’t heard yet about any plans to resurface the rest of the street.
  • I know the construction is creating challenges, so please make a point to shop and eat at the businesses in the construction zone.  Those of us who live and work here can navigate the back roads (slowly and safely) to get around the barricades.  We need to make up for those from other neighborhoods who may be a little intimidated by the orange barrels and flashing lights.
It’s going to look great!
Margaret Lawrence Banning
Executive Director
Irvington Development Organization
338 S. Arlington Ave.
Ste. 202
Indianapolis, IN 46219
317.260.0669

 

June 29 Construction Update

  • Work is continuing on the north side of Washington Street and most of the sidewalk should be completed from Audubon to Ossip by the end of the week.  The area in front of Ossip may have a minor redesign which may hold up the completion in that area for a bit.
  • In order to keep ahead of schedule, workers started cutting the sidewalks and driveways on the south side of Washington Street. This is only to prepare for the switch over of traffic later. The crews will not begin removing concrete from the south side until the traffic is switched in the next phase which is slated for late July.
  • The north lanes of Washington St at Audubon and Ritter will be closed July 9th (instead of June 18th – the signs have been changed).  They’re holding off on doing the work until they’re almost done with the north side and before they switch over.  That minimizes the time the intersections will be closed to southbound traffic.
  • And a clarification, the crews will be doing the street resurfacing all at once at the end of the project (instead of the north lanes when they complete the north sidewalk, and the same for the south).  That will take just a few days and protects the new asphalt from the construction equipment.
  • It is still expected that all the work will be completed by the time of the Halloween Festival.


May 25 Construction Update
  • May 23rd marked the start of construction on the Irvington Streetscape!
  • The most important thing to remember is safety, so please slow down in this very tight construction zone.  Please be careful when walking around torn up sidewalks and around large machinery.
  • Construction will start at the Bolton end of the corridor and go west. The north side should be completed late July, then switch to the south side. This phase should last until late August, then construction will start on the middle lane. All of these dates are subject to change.
  • Starting in mid-June the intersections at Audubon and Ritter will no longer allow for cross traffic. Depending on which side is being worked on, you can drive to Washington St., but then you will need to turn left or right.
  • The sidewalks, where possible, will be torn up and re-poured in two phases to allow for access to the buildings.
  • Generally work will be done from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. There may be some construction on Saturdays.
  • There will be regular meetings for the business and property owners starting in June with email updates going out as well.
If you have questions or concerns, contact margaret@irvingtondevelopment.org
Here we go!


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