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Indianapolis to invest in infrastructure where Blue Line is no more


With IndyGo’s Blue Line bus rapid transit project out of the picture for a portion of West Washington Street, the city’s Department of Public Works is stepping in with infrastructure improvements to part of that roadway.

The work on West Washington Street between Holt Road and Lynhurst Drive extends an already-planned project to address long-time flooding issues in the adjacent Fleming Garden neighborhood.

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City officials had been looking toward the Blue Line bus rapid transit project to fix long-needed drainage issues on Washington Street, the city’s main east-west thoroughfare. But in October, IndyGo’s board of directors voted to exclude the 11-mile segment between Holt Road and the Indianapolis International Airport from the future Blue Line project in light of consistent pressure from state lawmakers to change the bus lane configuration through that area to maintain traffic lanes. The Blue Line will instead divert onto I-70 for that portion, a stretch of about 9 miles.

The map of the planned Blue Line, IndyGo's third bus rapid transit line, as of December 2021. Segment 1 was officially removed in October 2022.

In addition to providing dedicated bus lanes for frequent electric buses, the Blue Line project also includes improvements to drainage, sidewalks, roads and traffic signals. But now these kinds of improvements to West Washington Street, west of Holt Road, are up to the city alone.

The portion the city has now pledged dollars toward, a 1.5-mile stretch from Holt to Lynhurst, represents a sizeable chunk of the dropped Blue Line area on Washington Street. The Blue Line would have continued west for another mile until High School Road, then south to the airport.


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