Delaware Street changing from one way to two-way street downtown

Indianapolis

A new downtown road construction project will change which way drivers go on a busy downtown street.

Delaware Street, between Bicking and Maryland streets, will become a two-way street instead of a one way. The street will include three northbound lanes and one southbound lane when the work wraps up in November.

Chief Engineer for the City of Indianapolis Andy Lutz explained a traffic study done back in 2010 showed a need for southbound traffic along Delaware. Ongoing growth and new developments in that area prompted the project.

"We've got the CityWay development there at South and Delaware, we have a couple of other developments involved with the Lilly campus, new parking lots and stuff, so it's all connected,” said Lutz. “There was a request to look and see if it made sense to go from one way to two way.”

Lutz said the goal of the change is to help with everyday traffic flow as well as game day traffic to Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium.

"It gives the opportunity for that new development to have access to the south instead of going up to Maryland or Washington, now they can have a lane to go to I-70 or to the south side of Indianapolis," Lutz said.

The first project is to transform Delaware from Bicking Street to South Street, including spot repairs of sidewalks and curbs. The second project will change Delaware from South Street to Maryland Street as well as make improvements on South Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to East Street. The work totals about $3 million.

Lutz urged drivers to watch for detours as they plan trips downtown.

"The majority of the routes are still open. We have closures on South Street but the north and south corridors are open,” said Lutz. “You may see some delays between now and the completion in November but I would give yourself some time if you're not familiar with the downtown area and make sure you have enough time to get your parking spots.”

When Delaware Street is finished, the northbound lane closest to the curb will turn into a parking lane during the middle of the day and after the evening rush hour. That will add about 50 parking spots in the area.

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