Carmelfest: Construction impact minimal


By Emma Uber

Although the summer construction season is well under way, CarmelFest isn’t expected to be heavily affected by roadwork, as the festival will occur during a break in Range Line Road renovations.

Having spent the spring improving asphalt and curbs on parts of Range Line Road’s southbound lane, the City of Carmel is waiting until August to break ground for the 116th Street and Range Line Road roundabout. As a result, the CarmelFest parade will be able to proceed along Range Line Road freely and without detours.

A key difference between the 2019 CarmelFest and preceding years is that all parking garages surrounding the festival are complete and operational. The public is encouraged to park in either the garage at the Center for the Performing Arts or the Veteran’s Way Garage. There also will be limited street parking. Admission and parking for CarmelFest are free.

With limited road construction and expanded parking options, the CarmelFest committee has only had to make a few minor changes to ensure the July 4 parade runs smoothly.

“The plant containers along Range Line will be moved closer to the sidewalks for the parade,” Public Relations Director Bec Hunter said.

Even with the absence of roadwork, Hunter urges parade participants to remain aware.

“A few things that all parade participants should be aware of (are) the raised crosswalks so they don’t trip over them, especially band members (or) drum majors,” Hunter said.