The sections of Mass Ave closed to traffic since May will remain that way through the Labor Day weekend, city officials have announced. The continued closures affect Broad Ripple
The street segments were closedunder an executive order to provide socially-distanced space in dense commercial areas. Until today’s announcement, the streets were expected to reopen at the end of this coming weekend.
City officials said public health and pedestrian count data along with feedback from merchants’ associations now inform the decision to continue the closure of all three pedestrian corridors.
“As we continue to evaluate public health data and monitor pedestrian counts, we believe the volume of visitors to Broad Ripple Avenue, Georgia Street, and Mass Ave continue to warrant additional space to safely distance within these street segments,” said Dan Parker, director of the Department of Public Works.
All three closures will continue in their current configurations, however Indy DPW is currently reviewing how to make additional parking available to the Mass Ave area.
An extension to the emergency executive order continuing the closure of all three segments will be signed by the end of the week. Indy DPW will continue to evaluate public health data and monitor traffic patterns and pedestrian counts over the next few weeks.
Information on recent street closures as well as measures allowing restaurants to re-open with outdoor seating can be found at indy.gov/DineOut.