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Budget plans include trail investments, safety improvements for pedestrians, cyclists

Budget plans include trail investments, safety improvements for pedestrians, cyclists

Projects to repave roads in dire need, improve bridges and build new trails are all getting millions of dollars in funding. INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Mayor…

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Projects to repave roads in dire need, improve bridges and build new trails are all getting millions of dollars in funding. INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett’s proposed budget that the City-County Council will soon consider includes plans to invest more than $1 billion in the city’s infrastructure over the next five years.

Projects to repave roads in dire need, improve bridges and build new trails are all getting millions of dollars in funding.

Bike advocates around the city are hopeful that the city’s massive investment in transportation will help bring about improved safety measures for pedestrians and cyclists in Indianapolis.

Hanging outside the state fairgrounds Wednesday afternoon, Bicycle Indiana interim director Summer Keown helps check cyclists in for the pedal and park valet, a free place to park your bike for residents cycling their way to the Indiana State Fair. So far, Keown said they’ve seen hundreds of cyclists swing by.

"We are seeing more and more people ride all the time," Keown said.

Hogsett’s budget for next year proposes funneling $1.15 billion dollars to the city’s infrastructure over the next few years, with $849 million going toward transportation. That breaks down to $387 million for streets, $126 million for bridges, $29 million for sidewalks and $98 million for trails, greenways and paths.

Repaving roads to the tune of $25 million will go a long way toward improving driving conditions in residential areas, said Dan Parker, director of the Indianapolis Department of Public Works. That money will be focused on residential streets reported in […]

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