INDOT releases initial insights from ProPEL Indy study

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is releasing initial insights from ProPEL Indy according to a recent press release.

ProPEL Indy is “a two-year study that will inform the next 20 years of investment in I-65 and I-70 by developing a bold vision to modernize interstates inside the I-465 loop.”

INDOT said that ProPEL Indy has spent the last year asking for the public’s ideas about the future of I-65 and I-70 and during the study’s visioning phase, the team received more than 1,100 comments from several hundred stakeholders who use, work, or live near the interstates.

This feedback informed ProPEL Indy’s collection and analysis of data for the study and the team released a draft called Purpose and Need Report using the data provided with the feed from the public to help define transportation issues, opportunities and desired outcomes in the study area. Feedback from the community for the report is requested through the end of June.

“Feedback from residents, neighborhoods, businesses, and organizations has fueled ProPEL Indy and guided us to this point in the PEL process,” said INDOT Commissioner Mike Smith in the press release. “Continued participation from all stakeholders will be crucial as the study progresses.”

The press release said that ProPEL Indy has identified bridge and pavement conditions, safety, mobility and multimodal connectivity issues in the study area. The next phase will focus on why potential improvements are being considered and why they are important to Indianapolis and surrounding communities.

The study will “provide several opportunities to engage with the study team during the public comment period.”

Opportunities include both public information meetings, known as Community Conversations, and Neighborhood Office Hours throughout the study area. A list of upcoming events includes Neighborhood Office Hours on May 22 and 30, and June 6 and 20.

Those who would like to provide feedback, find more information and view the full report can do so by visiting ProPELIndy.com.