New roundabouts, pedestrian improvements planned

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Prepare to see plenty of orange barrels on Range Line Road and 116th Street this year, according to Carmel’s 2020 road construction schedule.

Several new roundabouts are planned throughout town, as well as new paths and sidewalks.

Spring projects

Roundabouts with construction expected to begin on or after April 1 are at Carmel Drive and Pennsylvania Street, with a 60-day full closure planned, and Hamilton County’s 45-day full closure at North Range Line Road at the Lowes Way extension.

Work will resume on or after May 4 on Carmel’s 96th Street corridor, with a 75-day full closure planned at Haverstick Road. Crews will also complete final tasks at the roundabouts at 96th Street and Delegates Row and 96th Street and Keystone Parkway, two projects substantially completed in 2019.

A 45-day full closure to build a roundabout is planned for no earlier than May 4 at 111th Street and Westfield Boulevard, currently a three-way intersection that only has a stop sign for drivers heading east on 111th Street.

A multi-use path will be built along the west side of Gray Road between 136th and 146th streets. Construction is expected to start in February and be complete in May.

Work will also continue this spring to expand Monon Boulevard in Carmel’s Midtown south of Elm Street to 6th Street.

Also this spring, the city will install raised crosswalks at the intersection of Range Line Road and Carmel Drive. The installation is expected to take four to six weeks. Rolling closures will occur but the intersection is generally expected to remain open during the project.

Summer projects

In July, 75-day partial closures for new roundabouts are expected to begin at 116th Street and Guilford Road and 116th Street and College Avenue. The projects are planned to occur in unison.

Reconstruction of 1st St. NW, which will include the addition of a sidewalk, with a 75-day full closure is set to begin on or after June 1. Sidewalk and drainage upgrades in the Newark Village and Auman Addition neighborhoods are expected to begin June 1 at last for 60 days with a partial closure.

Carmel officials were hoping to build roundabouts on Range Line Road at 116th Street and at Medical Drive this summer, but problems with utility relocations are likely to delay their construction until 2021.

A 35-day closure is planned for Range Line Road south of 116th Street for construction of a culvert, a project city officials are hoping to complete this year but may get bumped to 2021.

“The city is still looking for opportunities to get some of this work done,” Carmel Engineering Administrator Joshua Kirsh said.

A partial reconstruction of Range Line Road between Carmel Drive and 116th Street originally planned for this summer will likely occur in 2021.

Fall projects

The city anticipates starting work on roundabouts at 111th Street and Lexington Drive and Illinois Street and Zotec Drive after Labor Day. Both closures are expected to last 75 days.

All project start dates and completion times are estimates and subject to change.

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