Recover Forward bus stop improvements underway, free parking at trades garage through Monday, public participation sought for Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park playground
Bloomington, Indiana – Many infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality and quality of life in Bloomington. The City will provide regular updates to the public on a range of these improvements as they evolve.
Collect front bus stop improvements
Excavation has started in preparation for improvements to the bus stop at the intersection of West Graham Drive and South Rockport Road at Country View Apartments, the first of more than 25 bus stops across town to be improved this summer . As part of Mayor John Hamilton’s Recover Forward initiative, the project will improve access to more than 25 bus stops across the city, including better access to sidewalks, loading areas and benches or shelters. . Completion of improvements to all bus stops is expected by the end of July. During construction, some sidewalks will have intermittent closures with detours or pedestrian bypasses in place, and traffic may be reduced to one lane depending on the location of the work. Maps of bus stops for improvement are available here, with additional information on the project page.
Recover Forward projects include expanding access to employment through training / education, housing, transportation options, renewable energy, social services, food, the arts and the internet. The investment is intended to help Bloomington recover from the pandemic and economic collapse, while advancing racial, economic and climate justice.
Signal Replacement Project at Third & Indiana
The intersection of East Third Street and South Indiana Avenue is being operated as a temporary stop in all directions while improvements are underway. The new sidewalk and ADA ramps on the south side of the intersection have been completed and construction has now progressed on the north side. The project to improve pedestrian characteristics (including crosswalks) and replace the traffic light at this intersection is expected to be substantially completed by mid-August, with the new signal operational by early July. More information is available on the project website.
Parking garage in the trades district
Located at West Tenth and North Rogers Streets next to the B-Line Trail, the Trades District parking garage is now open and available for toll-free parking until the upcoming weekend. (The car parks will take a ticket at the entrance which can be inserted for free parking when exiting the facility.) The elevators at the facility have been certified for state use, final work is in progress on landscaping and accessible parking is designated with guidance from the compliance staff of the Planning and Transport Department. Inspections for the facility’s permanent operating license will be scheduled next week after final details are finalized.
Approved for development by BRC and City Council to support the city’s newest employment hub and cultural destination, the 350-space garage includes commercial / retail space facing the B-Line trail to complement the booming commercial activity in the business district. Inquiries about leasing commercial space in the Métiers garage can be made to the City’s Economic and Sustainable Development Department at 812-349-3418.
Equipped with electric vehicle charging stations and a solar panel, the Trades District Garage and the Fourth Street replacement garage (scheduled to open in August) will be the first in Indiana to achieve Parksmart certification, a benchmark in terms of sustainability. The facility is equipped with critical growth-oriented IT facilities to support the district today and into the future through broadband fiber infrastructure and switching. The garage will also feature artwork funded by the One Percent for the Arts Ordinance. More information on monthly or annual parking at Trades District Garage is available online at Monthly Parking Permits and Parking Garage Information | City of Bloomington, Indiana, through the Garage Customer Service Representatives during regular business hours at 812-369-3622, or through the Parking Lot Customer Service Office at 812-349 -3436.
Maxwell Street South sidewalk
Construction has started on a new section of sidewalk along the east side of South Maxwell Street from East Miller Drive to East Short Street. This project was recommended and funded by the City Council Sidewalk Committee initiative to improve pedestrian safety in the area. Construction will continue through the spring and early summer and is expected to be completed by end of July. More information is available here.
City park playgrounds
Installation of the new playground equipment at Reverend Ernest D. Butler Park is expected to be completed this month. The playground will have new climber / spinner functionality, concrete benches and edging around the perimeter; and the existing swing will be repainted. The project schedule was extended by the discovery of substantial limestone bedrock beneath the playground, which required additional excavation work to install support poles for the new playground structure. reopening will take place once the playing field is finished.
Community members are invited to come up with ideas for a playground at Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park (Third Street Park) to replace one that was removed as part of the town’s Hidden River Trail project ( more information below). Comments, suggestions and comments on types and styles of playground equipment can be submitted at https://bloomington.in.gov/parks/parks/third-st-park. This input, along with that of other regular users of the facility, will inform the selection process for new playground equipment, scheduled for installation in end of 2021.
Hidden River Trail Project
The Hidden River Pathway project is progressing with the replacement of the culvert system that carries the Campus River (formerly the Jordan River) from Dunn Meadow to the Indiana University campus southwest under downtown Bloomington to ‘at West 1st Street and South College Avenue, where it reappears as Clear Creek.
Temporarily closed between South Lincoln and South Washington streets to allow for the removal of the existing box culvert, East Smith Avenue is expected to reopen by the end of June. With the end of the school year for The Project School, South Washington Street will reopen to traffic anytime on Thursday, June 10. During the week of June 14, pre-fabricated culvert sections will be installed behind The Rise (in Smith and Washington) in Smith.
Over the next two years, the Town of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) and its contractor, Milestone Contractors, LLP, will rebuild 1,829 feet of culverts. In addition to the stormwater improvements, part of the reconstruction of the sanitary sewers and main water infrastructure will be carried out simultaneously to support the bustling downtown Bloomington. More information, maps and updates on the Hidden River Pathway project are available here.
When encountering these or other improvement projects, motorists are advised to move slowly, carefully, and without distraction through each construction zone for the safety of workers and other road users.