Red Line updates: Meridian Street closures begin Monday night for bus pad work

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Construction crews will shut down parts of Meridian Street for bus pad work starting Monday night. It will last about one week and will happen overnight. 

IndyGo told News 8 bus pads are needed to reinforce the street where buses pull up to the station. 

Stations need to be stronger to prepare for the extra wear and tear. 

In order to install bus pads, IndyGo says crews need to dig out the road and then fill it back in. 

Construction starts tonight at the 18th Street intersection of Meridian Street and will head north to 38th Street. 

Drivers can expect lane closures between 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. starting May 20.  

Police will be out at these intersections directing traffic during the week, but IndyGo is asking drivers to use caution to help keep workers, drivers and pedestrians safe. 

IndyGo says they realize more construction means more frustration.

Lauren Day with IndyGo said, “We’re really working on the whole 13 miles we have about 20 crews working out, really in some cases, seven days a week. So we want to get in, do the work and get out of there. We recognize this is an urban project. That it’s impacting those residences and businesses very directly so we really try to make our choices the safest possible with the lowest impact where we can.”

News 8 is also told planning for the Purple Line is also underway. It will run between downtown and Lawrence with construction starting sometime next Spring. 

IndyGo says they are committed to working with the public on the Purple Line starting with community meetings. 

There will be a meeting this Tuesday at the Avondale Meadows YMCA at 5:00 p.m.

Those unable to attend this week’s meeting can still submit feedback via the online form

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