Central Indiana Bikeways Plan Approved
The Indianapolis Regional Transportation Council has given the greenlight to the Central Indiana Regional Bikeways Plan.
The $210 million project will create an interlocking system of bicycle pathways throughout Central Indiana. Metropolitan Planning Organization Senior Planner Jeremy Moore says now that the overall plan has been approved, MPO can work with localities to develop their facilities that are part of the project.
Moore says that includes: bike lanes, sidewalks, pedestrian bridges, among other things. The entire project emcompasses 704 miles throughout Marion, Hamilton, Hendricks, Boone, Morgan, Johnson, Shelby and Hancock counties. Moore says upwards of 70-percent of the $210 million is coming from local taxes and the remainder from federal backing. Moore says local funding is representative of how localities are already spending money on bikeways.
Moore says it's money they expect to have in the future. He says federal dollars are coming from the federal transportation bill. The IRTC is a group of elected officials from the localities in the planning area. Moore says the bikeways plan is part of the MPO's long range transportation plan through 2035. The plan has three phases. MPO is now in phase one which runs through 2015. Moore says you can take a look at the entire plan for yourself at indympo.org or also at indyconnect.org.