INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Monday, City County councilors say they’ll introduce a bipartisan plan to invest millions in neighborhoods across Indianapolis.
The $350 million proposal will add sidewalks, and will help to rehab bridges and streets, as well as bike lanes and alleys.
Mayor Ballard and DPW’s Director Lori Miser made the announcement in front of the Keenan Stahl Boys and Girls Club on the city’s south side.
Members of the club have been strong proponents for sidewalks in the area, saying a member was hit and killed by a car in front of the club in 2008.
When a 7-year-old boy was hit by a car just down the street in May, the club organized an "awareness walk" for sidewalks and crosswalks.
Officials say the money for the project will come from a $135 million bond, in addition to existing transportation funds.
They say it won't raise taxes.
"Everybody walks on the side of the street going anywhere, not just kids, big people and everything. We need sidewalks on our street too," said neighbor Candy Wineingar.
"I've been worried about it, ever since we've been here, because you see them flying up and down the street and with no sidewalks," said Juanita See.
The proposal would need to be approved by the City County Council before moving forward. If so, officials hope to install sidewalks along Troy next year.
They're also planning to put them along Hague Road near 79th, where an 85-year-old man was hit and killed by a car in April.
As for the little boy who was hit along Troy in May, his family tells 24-Hour News 8 he is doing better. He was in the hospital for two months, but is home now recovering.
They said they were glad officials planned to add sidewalks.
Summary of Proposed 2014 - 2016 Rebuild Indy Program
- Bike lanes/Greenways/Sidewalks - $100 million
- Bridges - $46 million
- Streets - $102 million
- Parks - $ 20 million
- Traffic - $21 million
- Neighborhood Development - $7.5 million
- Alleys - $3 million
- Future project studies - $19 million
- Federal match funds - $31 million
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