Construction has started on the $30 million project to expand the Monon Greenway in the City of Carmel.
The expansion through the heart of Midtown and the Arts & Design District will transform the landscape from a single-lane trail into multi-faceted public areas with green spaces, gathering places, plazas, amenity zones and additional lanes dedicated to pedestrians, bicyclists and two one-way lanes for vehicular traffic, the city said in a statement.
Considered one of the most congested sections of the greenway, a portion of the current 12-foot wide path will be widened to 140 ft. from 1st St. SW to the future 6th St. SW.
“This investment in the heart of our Midtown area has already resulted in millions of dollars in private investment from companies wanting to be part of Carmel’s new ‘beach-front’ property,” Mayor Jim Brainard stated. “Our Monon expansion will help alleviate congestion on the greenway, provide better options for a variety of family activities and with new corporate investments, keep our local property tax levels among the lowest in the state of Indiana.”
Construction is underway on intersections of the new Monon Blvd. at 1st, 2nd and 4th streets. Other phases of the project will be done through the spring and summer construction seasons with an anticipated completion date by the end of the year.