INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Some runners, walkers, and bikers ran into a road-block Monday along the Monon Trail. But not everyone paid attention to it.
The road-block is actually a construction project between 75th and 86th streets. The city is resurfacing the trail.
DPW asked the community last year if a fall or spring closure would be more convenient.
The community voted for spring and now, an orange and white sign is posted letting people know the trail is closed.
Workers want people to stay away so they can get their job done quicker. Some walking along the trail were confused.
"The barricade didn't cover the trail, it was half open. I wasn't sure if it was really closed today or if it was going to close after today," John Byers said during his afternoon stroll. "I continued on north, passed by a work crew and a bicycle officer and none of them said anything to me. I came to another barricade further north that crossed the trail and obviously there was no one else using it but me so I figured it was probably time to get back on the other side of the barricade."
DPW is using the time to install new guardrails, and fix a drainage problem.
"There is a lot of debris that is blocking the flow of the pipe and causing it to flow over the path," said Rod Smith, a contractor with the company the city hired to do the work. "We are trying to get those cleaned out to drain properly."
But Monday's work was interrupted when some ignored the signs and others asked for permission to pass through. Workers like Smith hope it doesn't continue.
"It will slow the process down a bit because we have to watch out for pedestrians running around," Smith said.
Pedestrians like Colleen Dragsa. She is training for her fourth mini-marathon. The 29-year-old didn't realize the trail was closed.
"My alternative plan is to run south but once you get past 38th Street it gets a little more desolate and I don't feel as safe running there alone later (in the day)," Dragsa said.
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