Market Street block to be closed next spring for makeover

East Market Street is in line for a major upgrade – a project which next summer will force the relocation of the Indianapolis City Market’s Original Farmers Market.

The block of Market Street between Delaware and Alabama streets will be closed from March through November 2020 to allow for the introduction of traffic calming measures, stormwater management   features and pedestrian infrastructure upgrades.

Those upgrades will include a raised pedestrian crossing between the City Market and City-County Building. That raised crossing – known as a “speed table” or “table-top crossing” – will be four inches higher than the Market Street surface, and 45 feet in length.

The crossing serves as a traffic-slowing device to aid the many pedestrians crossing between the two buildings. Other increased safety and accessibility measures will include curb bump-outs to condense motorized traffic lanes. Parking capacity will also be maintained as a part of the design.

Construction on East Market Street comes as part of a larger effort by the Department of Public Works to improve street and pedestrian infrastructure for Monument Circle and the extending spokes along Market and Meridian streets.

Design plans have been completed for the East Market Street phase, between Pennsylvania and Alabama streets; construction funding has only been secured for this first phase of work along East Market Street, between Delaware and Alabama streets.

This first phase of reconstruction is an investment of more than $6 million in the improvement of the Market East downtown district. Officials with DPW are working with the City Market leadership to evaluate and confirm an appropriate temporary location for the 2020 Farmers Market.