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City of Noblesville Receives $10.3M In New MPO Funding For Infrastructure Projects

(Rendering courtesy of The City of Noblesville)
The largest segment of the funding the city recieved will go towards phase 1 of the Reimagine Pleasent Street project, which aims to reduce congestion on SR 32 and inmprove east-west connectivity in Noblesville.

The City of Noblesville has received a total of $12,219,034 from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization (IMPO). This includes a new award of $10,359,670 for three major infrastructure projects within the city and increased financial support in the amount of $1,859,364 for two previously awarded projects. The IMPO governing board approved the grants during its meeting this morning.

“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 trail projects will provide better and safer mobility in our city,” Noblesville Mayor Chris Jensen said.

Noblesville had three of the 30 Central Indiana projects that were awarded a total of $78 million.

“The financial support lessens the burden on our city as we make these necessary improvements to address traffic issues and enhance pedestrian connectivity,” Noblesville City Engineer Alison Krupski said.

Noblesville’s projects include:

• Pleasant Street – Phase I – $7M

The Reimagine Pleasant Street project is a multi-year initiative that will result in improved east-west connectivity and accessibility for our growing city. This corridor will relieve traffic congestion off of State Road 32 by connecting Hague Road to State Road 37 and provide an additional bridge crossing over the White River.

“As the 10th largest city in Indiana, this project is crucial to mobility in Noblesville and across Hamilton County, especially considering the growth we have experienced and expect going forward,” said Noblesville Mayor Chris Jensen. “The roadway design will provide Noblesville residents, local businesses, and visitors with many improvements that will enhance mobility and public safety while also honoring the urban character and historic features of the project area.”

Phase I is the largest portion of the three phases and includes work from River Road to 10th Street. The city will solicit bids and select a construction firm later this year, with construction beginning in early 2023. Phases II and III are expected to go to bid in 2023.

• Midland Trace Trail – $1.5M

The 12-foot wide extension of the Midland Trace Trail will be constructed as a part of the Pleasant Street project. The trail project will be constructed in three phases like the roadway. The trail corridor will ultimately connect from SR32 to SR37. The Midland Trace trail provides regional multi-use path connectivity. It will be extended 2+ miles from SR32/Hague Road to SR37, connecting Westfield and Noblesville. Phase 1 of the project will connect to the existing Riverwalk, which connects to downtown Noblesville and the Plum Prairie Historic District. It will also connect to the future Nickel Plate Trail and Fishers.

• 141st Street and Promise Road Roundabout (2024) – $1.86M

Noblesville will transform the current 4-way stop at 141st Street and Promise Road into a roundabout at the border between the city and Fishers. This improvement will lower gas emissions, better serve motorists and will aid in safely maneuvering the intersection, especially for students on bus routes. The addition of this roundabout along with a future roundabout at 141st Street and Howe Road will significantly improve traffic progression along the nearly three mile stretch of 141st Street east of SR37.

• Trail Projects Get Increase of $1,859,364

The two previously awarded projects that received additional IMPO funding include the Little Chicago Road Trail and the Stony Creek Trail. The Little Chicago Road trail will provide a 10-foot, multi-use path on the east side of Little Chicago Road from Elderberry Road to Carrigan Road, including widening the existing bridge to accommodate the trail. The Stony Creek Trail will provide a connection under SR37 along Stony Creek from Clover Road to Mercantile Boulevard. The 10-foot wide trail will connect existing trails and remove a vehicular barrier to pedestrians. Each of these projects is expected to be constructed in 2023. The Indianapolis MPO is responsible for planning and programming federal transportation funds in an eight-county Central Indiana region, and this funding allocation is an annual IMPO process. The recipients were selected from a highly competitive pool, and each funded project requires a local match and is judged based on relative technical criteria including impacts to air quality, improvements to congestion, pavement quality and safety.