Georgia Street to reopen for traffic Wednesday evening

A nearly year-long traffic headache and setback for some downtown businesses is in its final phase.

Indianapolis

A nearly year-long traffic headache and setback for some downtown businesses is in its final phase.

The Georgia Street project started in January 2011 to create a pedestrian friendly connector between Conseco Fieldhouse and The Convention Center and to beautify that part of downtown before the Super Bowl.

The $12 million construction project is part of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's RebuildIndy Initiative. Local business managers said the time the street has been torn up has been rough on business.

"It's tough to get people to come downtown and have lunch here because they have to go through all the construction here and on Meridian. Long term, we're excited about it. We're excited to have it done, we're excited to have this great venue next to us, but there are always growing pains," sand Paul Burgess, General Manager of The Old Spaghetti Factory on the corner of Meridian and Georgia Streets.

"If I have a client downtown I beg them to come up to my office on the north side. Coming downtown just isn't fun right now," said Julie Husselman, who drove downtown to go to a meeting.

Burgess said he believes his restaurant will be able to make up for lost revenue with the new and improved area.

Georgia Street will open two lanes in each direction for traffic Wednesday at 8 p.m. There will be areas to mark in the median. Crews will continue to work in the area installing landscaping and other cosmetic parts of the project.

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