Mayor Jim Brainard said the City of Carmel will certainly have the most beautiful stretch of the Monon Greenway once a $30 million expansion is complete.
The project includes transforming the Monon Greenway into a boulevard that will widen the current 12-foot wide path into a multi-faceted 140-foot wide right-of-way section that will include new dedicated lanes for cycling, buffer zones, sidewalks, green spaces, one-way streets with additional parking on either side of the trail and a new Midtown Plaza. The project could be complete by the end of 2018.
“It’s going to feel very different in the area,” Brainard said. “It’ll be very special.”
Construction has already begun on intersections of the new Monon Blvd at 1st, 2nd and 4th Streets.
Once construction is complete, trail users will be able to enjoy arts plazas, community tables, bocce ball courts, public art, cafes and food kiosks. Architectural designs show an interactive outdoor water feature for kids.
“One of the things we’re trying to do is make sure as you use the Monon Trail is that every so often, a block or so, there’s something interesting to stop and do,” he said.
At the same time, the Monon from 96th Street to Gradle Drive will undergo repairs and resurfacing this year. The project is being led by Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation. Director Mark Westermeier said it’s the largest stretch of repaving in Monon history. The project was expected to begin on or after April 16 and should last a month. A temporary sidewalk will be installed along 96th Street to connect the existing sidewalk with a detour during construction.