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Why a stretch of College Avenue in downtown Indianapolis will become 2-way

Why a stretch of College Avenue in downtown Indianapolis will become 2-way


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College Avenue between Market Street and Massachusetts Avenue will become a two-way street, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works announced.

The project will cost $3.3 million and is expected to begin in spring 2022, with completion in the fall of that year.

Spokesperson Hannah Scott-Carter said the department is changing the layout of College Avenue to make the area safer and lessen traffic. 

“It will improve some connectivity … You can go two ways on that street now, and it will improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists as well, and calm vehicle traffic,” Scott-Carter said.

People tend to driver slower on two-way streets, she said, so by changing the layout of College Avenue, the city hopes to reduce speeding. 

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“Typically cars can go faster on a one-way if there’s not a lot of traffic than if they were on a two-way street,” Scott-Carter said. 

She said the project’s timeline is also related to development on the BottleWorks district, which is located near College Avenue between 10th and St. Clair streets.

College Avenue isn’t the only downtown street changing directions. Crews will convert Fort Wayne Avenue from one-way to two-way between Delaware and Alabama streets as part of IndyGo’s Super Stops project.

Contact IndyStar Pulliam Fellow Claire Rafford at or on Twitter @clairerafford.

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Published at Thu, 17 Jun 2021 16:21:47 +0000