Construction won’t close area bridge

Motorists still will be able to drive on Madison Avenue while a bridge undergoes a $1.1 million construction project starting next month.

The Greenwood bridge near the Greenwood Park Mall is nearly 60 years old, and extreme weather conditions and traffic though the years have worn down the surface, said Scott Minnich, a project manager with United Consulting who is assisting with the replacement. The bridge’s surface will be replaced with new concrete, Minnich said.

Since about 14,500 vehicles travel on the bridge everyday, the structure will not close during construction, Minnich said. North Madison Avenue will be restricted to one lane each way, with a turn lane into Greenwood Park Mall, Minnich said. The 40 mph speed limit will be reduced to 30 mph.

One IndyGo bus stop will be temporarily moved closer to County Line Road, United Consulting engineer Brian Pierson said.

Sidewalks will be closed during construction, Minnich said.

Drivers will begin seeing signs about the project next week, and the first day of construction will be March 14. The project is slated to be done by mid-September. The first three months of the project will be done on the northbound side of the bridge, and the second half will be on the southbound side, Minnich said.