Lochmueller Group designed approximately 0.7 miles of Broad Ripple Avenue from College Avenue to Primrose Avenue (Broad Ripple Park), which is in a high-traffic, high-profile location at the western end of the Commercial District. The roadway was built-up and urban in nature, with high patronage of the adjacent businesses.
Broad Ripple Village is 1 of 7 districts in the City and has important nightlife, dining, and a local retail district, with approximately 17,000 residents. The project’s main objectives were to improve non-vehicular connectivity in the area and reduce flooding along the corridor with long-lasting drainage improvements.
The roadway design was to include 3 travel lanes, inspection and revision of curb ramps and signal upgrades to meet ADA requirements, new large-diameter storm sewer trunkline, 9’-wide sidewalks west of the Monon Trail, and a 12’-wide multi-use trail from the Monon Trail to Broad Ripple Park. The profile design had to conform to very flat existing conditions, matching elevations at building faces, and sidewalk drainage solutions such as permeable pavers. Large water quality units were implemented to improve the outflow quality of stormwater into the White River.
During construction, pedestrian access was kept flexible and accommodating. The existing sidewalks stayed open during the storm sewer installation, pedestrian accessibility was maintained on pavement during the sidewalk reconstruction, there was business-focused signage for pedestrian detours, and sidewalk bridges were utilized for better access.
Along with the typical project stakeholders, extensive coordination with the local Broad Ripple Village Association, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police, ParkIndy, City Councilmen, and numerous local business owners was necessary to keep local businesses abreast of traffic control changes and the completion schedule. Construction should be complete this fall!