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Work to start on widening Monon Trail in 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Testing will be done on the Monon Trail this month in anticipation of a 2020 project to widen the entire length of the trail, Indianapolis Department of Public Works said Monday. 

Drilling for ground samples will start Tuesday on the $2.6 million trail project. It’s expected to continue 12 days with work being done only on weekdays. Trail users were cautioned to watch for construction equipment. A contractor planned to start work on the south end of the trail near 10th Street and continue northward to 96th Street. 

The final trail design will call for the path to be from 10-14 feet wide at various locations along the corridor with a 2-foot grass shoulder where practical that slopes off either edge of the new pavement. 

The Monon Trail is a key link in the Indianapolis Greenways master plan, connecting many neighborhoods from Downtown to the northern county line including the Near Northside, Mapleton-Fall Creek, Meridian-Kessler; Broad Ripple, the North Central neighborhood and Nora.