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Public meeting set at IUPUI on converting Michigan and New York streets to two-way routes


INDIANAPOLIS — City officials will discuss the conversion of New York and Michigan streets from one-way to two-way routes from West Street to the White River Parkway at a public meeting Dec. 15 at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

The meeting will take place from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in Room 450A at the Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. Public parking is available in the Vermont Street garage at 1004 W. Vermont St.

The primary focus of the meeting will be on New York Street. However, a sneak peek into conceptual layouts of Michigan Street will also be made available for feedback.

The conversion will take place in two phases. Phase one will be the conversion of New York Street. City officials expect that work to begin in May 2015 and be completed in May 2016. Phase two, the conversion of Michigan Street, is expected to take place from July 2016 to November 2017.

West Street from New York to Michigan will also be improved to generate more efficient traffic flow and accommodate projected capacity. Additional improvements include a redesign of the New York Street and White River Parkway intersection.

Improvements will include resurfacing and restriping of the roadway to accommodate two-way traffic, with raised medians and left turn lanes at major intersections; new or repaired sidewalks and curb ramps; decorative lighting; and separated bike facilities or improved on-street bike lanes. 

The public meeting will begin with short presentations by Kelly Ann Janssen, a public information officer in the city’s Department of Public Works; Angela Nicholson, the city’s manager for the project; and Brett Walls, project consultant from Beam, Longest and Neff, a consulting engineering and land surveyors company.

The meeting will then switch to an open house format so individuals can have questions answered one-on one.