Noblesville has received $5.9 million from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization for two major infrastructure improvement projects in the city.
The city received $5,475,700 for the third phase of the project known as Reimagine Pleasant Street, and also received funding for the second phase of the Midland Trace Trail.
City officials say Reimagine Pleasant Street is expected to improve traffic flow and ease congestion in Noblesville as part of several phases planned over the next few years. The city is working on Pleasant Street with Hamilton County, which is funding its portion for the project for a new bridge over the White River in the first phase, which is expected to open to traffic by the end of 2024.
Phase 2 of Reimagine Pleasant Street will involve work from 10th Street to Ind. 37, while the final phase will be from River Road to Hague Road. Officials say the project, which is expected to be completed by the fall of 2025, will help relieve traffic congestion off Ind. 32 by connecting Hague Road at Ind. 32 to Ind. 37 with an additional bridge over the White River.
Phases 2 and 3 are expected to begin later this year, according to the city. Other than the Reimagine Pleasant Street project, the city also received $494,400 for the second phase of the Midland Trace Trail that will bring a 12-foot-wide extension of the trail that is being constructed as part of the Pleasant Street project.
The trail corridor will eventually connect from Hague Road/Ind. 321 to Ind. 37, and city officials say the Midland Trace Trail provides regional multi-use path connectivity and will connect to the Nickel Plate Trail being constructed this year. Phase 2 of the project will connect to a portion of the trail under construction as a part of Phase 1 and extend it from 11th Street to 19th Street, according to the city.
“As the ninth-largest city in Indiana, this project is crucial to mobility and connectivity in Noblesville and across Hamilton County, especially considering the growth we have experienced and expect going forward,” Noblesville Mayor Chris Jensen said. “It is a strategic transformation of Noblesville to support the future. Pleasant Street and the Midland Trace Trail will create a safe, vibrant corridor for residents to drive, walk or bike to downtown Noblesville.”
Noblesville had two of the 16 central Indiana projects that were awarded a total of $47.3 million, according to the city.
“We are grateful to have IMPO’s and the Noblesville Common Council’s partnership and support with these projects. All of the new projects and the previously awarded road and trail projects will provide better and safer mobility in our city,” Jensen said.
Noblesville City Engineer Alison Krupski said the financial support lessens the burden on the city as it makes necessary improvements to address traffic issues and enhance pedestrian connectivity.
About the historic Midland Bridge
The historic structure carried the Midland Railway over the White River. Portions of the bridge were fabricated by the Union Bridge Co. of Buffalo, N.Y., and Athens, Pa., in 1893. The bridge was eventually used by the Central Indiana Railway Co. The two-span steel through-truss bridge is approximately 200 feet long and spanned the White River just west of downtown Noblesville.
The City of Noblesville and Conner Prairie have formed a partnership to store the historic Midland Bridge over the White River at the outdoor history museum. The bridge is being removed as part of the Reimagine Pleasant Street project.
Construction crews have begun the complex process of disassembling, inspecting and cataloging the bridge on-site in consultation with Indiana’s State Historic Preservation officer and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. When the work is completed, the bridge will be transported to Conner Prairie for storage. Plans for the final destination of the refurbished, reassembled bridge are still being developed.
Noblesville Mayor Chris Jensen said Conner Prairie was a logical choice for storage as it is a special place dedicated to history.
“Not only is it in Hamilton County, but it will provide an up-close opportunity to see a historic railroad bridge. We’re excited to partner with Conner Prairie to preserve this critical part of our shared history,” Jensen said.
SOURCE: City of Noblesville