City of Columbus Mayor Kristen Brown and City Engineer Elizabeth Fizel are joined by City Representatives, Contractors and United Representatives

Columbus, IN. (December 17, 2015) The City of Columbus hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to kick-off the official opening of a one-mile stretch of Indiana Avenue from Marr Road to State Street, completing a year-long project which began in January 2015.

The $6.2 Million project was funded through a federal/local partnership and included the installation of a new storm drainage system (from Clifty Creek to State Street), new cement stabilized / compacted aggregate road base, new curb and gutter, full depth HMA pavement, sidewalks / curb ramps (on both sides of the street) and new concrete drive approaches. The reconstructed roadway was redesigned as 11-foot travel lanes and five-foot bike lanes. A seven-foot parking-lane on both sides of the street was also included throughout the majority of the project.

The installation of retaining wall sections at the Cherry Street intersection and bio-swale areas on the east end of the project were also included. These “rain gardens” provide additional drainage while transforming this section of Indiana Avenue into an aesthetically pleasing streetscape through the use of new trees and numerous perennial plantings.