Updated: Wednesday, 05 Aug 2009, 5:37 AM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 05 Aug 2009, 5:37 AM EDT
CARMEL (WISH) - Construction on the newly named Keystone Parkway continues in Carmel and soon a major city artery will close.
This part of the project is huge, so huge that the city has decided to do it in stages. Wednesday, crews will close 116th street on the west side of Keystone.
In about a week to 10 days, the city will close 116th on the East side of Keystone Parkway. So for about 30 days, there will be no east or west bound traffic on 116th through Keystone.
After those 30 days folks will be able to make a right onto Keystone Parkway, but still won’t be able to drive across. "Cross traffic at 116th street will be closed through the end of the year, we still want to have the interchange open this year, so essentially all of your cross traffic, driving across Keystone will be closed. But we'll be maintaining partial access, we'll be building temporary traffic signals on each side of the highway, those will be up at the end of each 30 day closure period on each side," said Jeremy Kashman Keystone Project Manager.
“I think initially going in the moneys weren't fully disclosed, and without the money from Washington now, we would be in trouble as far as paying for the rest of this, I think it's a project that we have to finish now because we started it, but I think the City Council should have done more in controlling the expenses, because they represent us, and in this case, I don't think they represented us, I think the Mayor got to do things that he didn't fully disclose to us,” said Eugene Gabbard of Carmel.
While this part of this project begins, another part of the
project is complete. The work on 136th street and Keystone is
finished. A ceremonial ribbon cutting will take place Wednesday.