Staff, faculty and students on the IUPUI campus should prepare themselves for a road construction project that will impact how the Riverwalk and Sports Complex parking garages are accessed, as well the Natatorium and parts of Wabash Street, throughout the holidays and well into 2019.
The project is part of the city of Indianapolis' $2 billion DigIndy project, a 28-mile-long network of tunnels designed to reduce sewer overflows into area waterways.
Phase I of the project is scheduled to begin Dec. 12 and will close portions of University Boulevard and Blake Street. That phase is scheduled to end around Jan. 1. Staff, faculty and students wanting to park in the Riverwalk Garage during this phase of the project must enter from the east off Wabash Street via Blackford Street, while entry to the Sports Complex Garage must be made from Ohio Street.
Phase II of the project is scheduled to begin Jan. 2 and end around Jan. 21. Blake Street will reopen, but entry to the Riverwalk Garage will still need to be from the east, off Wabash Street via Blackford Street.
The third phase of the project will last through June 2019 and will close a portion of Wabash Street.
"I'm excited Citizens Energy Group is taking on the task of such an ambitious project, tackling a city sewage problem that has been an issue for decades," said Evan Green, a mechanical utility project manager for IUPUI. "The tunnel not only cleans up the waterways locally, but it impacts for the better all the water systems downstream, from Indianapolis to the Gulf of Mexico. It is a step forward in taking responsibility for our community and the environment."
IUPUI Parking and Transportation Services will share updated information on its website throughout the duration of the project and will alert staff, faculty and students about any changes in road or structure closures via Twitter @IUPUI.
The DigIndy project is intended to eliminate combined sewer overflows, which result in a mixture of stormwater and wastewater overflowing into area waterways following rain, creating a threat to public health and the environment. At 250 feet below ground, the DigIndy tunnel system will store more than 250 million gallons of combined sewage during and after wet weather and then slowly release it to a water treatment plant that will discharge clean water back into area waterways.
Additional information about the DigIndy project is available from Citizens Energy Group.