The City of Carmel will begin working on reconstruction of Main Street, just east of the U.S. 31 interchange, beginning Monday, March 23. The $4.4 million project calls for expanding and reconstructing the roadway with new curbs and gutters, storm sewers and sidewalks.
All utility lines will be buried. The roundabout at Old Meridian and Main Street will also be expanded to accommodate two lanes of traffic west of Old Meridian.
Main Street will be closed between Old Meridian and Pennsylvania Streets beginning Monday, March 23, until the project is completed, which is estimated as sometime in mid-July, weather permitting. E&B Paving is the primary contractor that will manage the construction.
Access to the Main Street bridge over U.S. 31 will remain open at Pennsylvania Street and serve as the primary detour for this project. Access to St. Vincent Carmel Hospital will be available at the entrance off the Roundabout at Old Meridian and Guilford Streets.
Access to the Indiana Spine Group and St. Christopher Episcopal Church will be possible from Pennsylvania Way.
The Main Street reconstruction is a City of Carmel project funded mostly by state transportation funds. It is being done to meet a larger traffic demand brought about as a result of the new interchange at Main Street and U.S. 31.
The funds come as part of a new program that allows the state to swap $1 in federal funds with 75 cents in state funds. The city’s portion of the project cost will be roughly $1 million, funded through a combination of existing funds from the Engineering Department, Utilities and a portion from a previously issued road bond.