Broad Ripple Avenue in Indianapolis partially closed for $8M project

The long-anticipated closure of Broad Ripple Avenue began Tuesday, but it’s not as disruptive as previously planned.

The popular bar destination will get an $8.4 million makeover that includes a full street reconstruction from College Avenue to the Monon Trail crossing near Winthrop Avenue. The project also includes a new 12-foot multi-use path from the Monon to the park near Primrose Avenue. 

Only the section from College to Winthrop will require a full road closure, because it involves rebuilding the road with wider sidewalks, new stormwater treatment structures and drains, upgraded curbs, lighting and more greenspace.

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The original plan was to close Broad Ripple Avenue from College to Winthrop avenues for 135 days, or about four and a half months, this fall. Citizens Energy Group began relocating utilities in March.