River Road has reopened in Carmel despite the project not being completely finished.
The city has completed its portion of reconstructing the road south of 146th Street into a two-lane boulevard and adding a roundabout at Cherry Creek Boulevard, but Duke Energy has not relocated some of its utility poles. The Carmel Street Dept. on Jan. 11 placed barricades around the poles to allow traffic to pass by. The speed limit in the area has also been lowered to 25 miles per hour.
The project, which began in August 2017, was expected to be complete in the fall.
“We appreciate the patience shown by our residents, particularly in this part of the city,” City Engineer Jeremy Kashman stated in a press release. “But we did not feel it was fair to commuters to keep that road closed when the only thing left to do is to move the utility poles that should have been moved weeks ago.”
The situation will be monitored, and if it the temporary arrangement appears to be a safety concern the city may close the road again.