Noblesville residents and motorists who drive through the city’s downtown will soon see demolition work along Pleasant Street.
The project, known as Reimagine Pleasant Street among city administration, is designed to improve east-west connectivity by extending Pleasant Street in three phases. Demolition and clearing activities in preparation for the first phase began July 5. Demolition work is slated for various locations from Dove’s Court to 13th Street along the route. Work will be ongoing for the next several months as properties are acquired and vacated.
City engineer Alison Krupski said 61 parcels have been identified in Phase 1.
“In Phase 1, around 38 of them will be demolished as part of this contract,” Krupski said.
Phase 1 of the project will be from River Road to 10th Street. The project is set to go to bid Sept. 13, and utility relocation will begin in the fall. Road construction will begin in spring 2023.
Krupski said the city has already acquired “quite a few” of the properties. Buildings will soon be demolished in the Pleasant Street area. Krupski said engineering work has started for Phase 2 to improve Pleasant Street from 10th Street to Ind. 37.
Phases 2 and 3 will go to bid in September 2023. Construction will begin in spring 2024. Krupski said Phase 1 will likely be complete by the end of 2024, and Phases 2 and 3 will likely be complete by the end of 2025. Phase 3 will connect Pleasant Street from River Road to Ind. 32 at the Hague Road intersection
Krupski said during Pleasant Street construction, Eighth Street and 10th Street will not be closed at the same time. She said the contractor will decide which street closes first.
“Prices have increased due to materials, so we don’t want to put too many restrictions on the contractor that could inflate the bid,” Krupski said.
Krupski said the project is still on track despite land acquisitions exceeding the budget.
“We had a pretty conservative budget from the beginning,” she said. “We never lowered it as we refined estimates.”
Despite the increase, the project still is budgeted for $98 million.
Krupski said the $98 million doesn’t include construction of a White River bridge that Hamilton County is responsible for. The county will construct the bridge within an $18 million budget in Phase 1 of the project.
For more, visit reimaginepleasantst.com/project-info.