First of 3 Main Street construction projects begins Feb. 21 


Work begins this week on the first of three construction projects set for this year on Carmel’s Main Street. 

The first project, resulting in a closure of Main Street between Guilford Road and Old Meridian Street, began Feb. 21. Crews are completing utility work related to The Signature, a five-story mixed-use development coming soon to the northeast corner of Main and Old Meridian streets. Work is expected to be complete Feb. 25. 

The second project, set to begin on or after March 1, will result in a full closure of Main Street at Veterans Way for up to a month as crews bury utility lines under the roadway. Parking and pedestrian access will remain available on Main Street. Crosswalk locations may be adjusted during the project. Detours include 4th Avenue SW, W. Elm Street and S. Range Line Road. 

The third project will add two roundabouts near Carmel High School and upgrade the road between them. Main Street will be closed between Richland Avenue (formerly 4th Ave. East) and Lexington Boulevard during construction, which is expected to begin after the school year ends in late May. 

Construction of a roundabout at Richland Avenue is expected to kick off the project. The city wants to construct a roundabout at Lexington Boulevard this summer, as well, although utility issues could delay that part of the project. If the roundabout can’t be built this summer, it is expected to be constructed in the summer of 2023. 

The project will also include upgrades to Main Street, including reducing it from a four-lane to a two-lane roadway and installing a landscaped median to provide additional safety for pedestrians at the future mid-block crossings.

Work is planned to be substantially complete before school resumes in mid-August.