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Indianapolis Mayor, Indy DPW Detail Plan for $25M Investment in Trails and Greenways

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Mayor Joe Hogsett recently joined the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (Indy DPW) to detail plans for the third phase of Circle City Forward, a $25-million investment in the city's trails and greenway system. The fiscal ordinance funding the program passed unanimously within the Public Works Committee in August.

"Over the last 18 months, our community's network of trails and greenways became a haven of stress-relief, physical fitness, and recreation for many Indianapolis residents," said Mayor Joe Hogsett. "So, when it came time to plan the third phase of Circle City Forward, it was clear that we should take this opportunity to frame the future of trails, greenways, and multi-modal traffic lanes in Indianapolis."

The event took place at Brookside Park where an extension to the Pogue's Run Trail, one of nine projects receiving funding, will eventually connect with existing segments of the trail as well as proposed multimodal infrastructure along nearby 21st Street.

Several projects will only have design costs funded through this initiative, but Indy DPW plans to leverage this funding to make trail projects more attractive to receive state and federal level grant funding. A full list of trails receiving either design and/or construction funding is included below.

  • Pleasant Run Trail Extension - Design and construction
  • Pleasant Run Trail Rehab - Design and construction
  • Pogue's Run Trail - Design and construction
  • Pogue's Run Trail/Monon Trail Connector - Design
  • Nickel Plate Trail - Design
  • Eagle Creek Trail Phase 2 - Design
  • West 30th Street - Design
  • Grassy Creek Trail - Design
  • Interurban Trail - Design
  • 21st Street Trail via road diet - Design

"Indy DPW recognizes the impact trails and greenways have on residents' lives here in Indianapolis, which is why we've tirelessly worked to prioritize these types of projects every year," said Indy DPW Director Dan Parker. "Mayor Hogsett's Circle City Forward Initiative will boost the work that's already being done and allow us to begin bringing trails to areas of the city that are lacking this type of investment."

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Between the beginning of Mayor Hogsett’s administration in 2016 and the end of this construction season, Indy DPW will have built or rehabilitated roughly 55.5 miles of trails and multimodal infrastructure across the Indianapolis system. In the 2022 construction season alone, DPW plans to build another 8.6 miles and rehab an additional 10.5 miles of trails and multimodal infrastructure. With a $25-million fiscal ordinance in place to fund the design in 2022 of many additional connectivity projects, the 2023-2025 construction seasons are anticipated to see a grand total of 51.4 miles of built or rebuilt and active transportation infrastructure.

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