2017 Local Planning Studies

The Indianapolis MPO is providing nearly $450,000 of federal funding for seven local planning projects in 2017. These studies were chosen via a competitive project selection process. For further information on each project, please use the contact information provided below.


Avon Thoroughfare & Transportation Improvement Plan Update

The Town of Avon will update the the 2006 Thoroughfare and Transportation Improvement Plan, which addresses transportation needs for the community and provides a foundation for planning efforts in the Town of Avon. Using that plan and with the help of creative financing and the leveraging of local resources with federal funds, the Town has invested over $100 Million in trails, capacity improvements, safety improvements and preservation of the existing transportation system over the last 10 years. Avon plans to update the plan and build on the foundation and momentum that the 2006 Thoroughfare and Transportation Improvement Plan has created in the community.

For more information:

Town of Avon
Ryan Cannon
Lawrence Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan

The City of Lawrence will create a city-wide Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan to assist in improving mobility/accessibility for both bicyclist and pedestrians. The City of Lawrence is home to the Fort Harrison State Park, which attracts visitors from all over the State but predominantly from Central Indiana. This major regional recreational destination will be better served when the bicycle/pedestrian network within the City of Lawrence are improved/expanded. These improvements would benefit the City of Lawrence as well as the Town of McCordsville, City of Indianapolis, City of Fishers, Hamilton County, and Hancock County.

For more information:

City of Lawrence
Bill Anthony

Indianapolis Transportation Integration Plan

The City of Indianapolis, through its Department of Public Works (DPW) and Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD), proposes to undertake a first-of-its-kind Transportation Integration Plan to establish a comprehensive and coordinated transportation program guided by overarching community values, transparent and data-driven decision making, and fiscal realities. Currently, the City of Indianapolis plans for transportation investments by mode (a thoroughfare plan for roadway capacity expansion, a greenways trail plan, a bicycle plan, a pedestrian plan, and -- through partners at the Indianapolis Metropolitan Development Organization (MPO) and IndyGo -- a freight plan and transit plan). Each of these plans is derived from different values and were developed at different times.

The Plan will address both the strategic planning aspects of transportation, guiding the development, implementation, and administration of transportation policies and projects, and the capital aspects of transportation, integrating and prioritizing modal plan investments. In this way, the plan will serve as a “virtual Department of Transportation” for the City of Indianapolis, coordinating responsibilities, policies, and investments across the many local transportation players in our city. The Plan will also act as the primary transportation component in the Comprehensive Plan for Indianapolis and Marion County.

For more information:

City of Indianapolis, Department of Public Works
Angela Nicholson

Westfield 191st St. Corridor Programming Study

191st Street is considered a Primary Arterial in Westfield's Thoroughfare Plan and is considered a Major Collector by INDOT. With the reconstruction of US 31, usage of 191st has been amplified and that, coupled with the success of Grand Park, has generated significant traffic as well as commercial interest. With this study, Westfield will establish right-of-way requirements for new development, and identify and design a typical roadway cross-section that accommodates not only the traffic demands, but also multi-modal demands including bike lanes, pedestrian trails, and future Red Line rapid transit accessibility and usage.

For more information:

City of Westfield
Gary Pence

Whiteland Southeast Bypass Study

The main purpose of this study is to identify a preferred alternative for a bypass corridor through the southeast portion of the Town of Whiteland. The bypass corridor would:

  • benefit railroad freight via a study of an overpass bridge
  • benefit truck freight by bypassing the at-capacity Whiteland Road near US 31 & eliminating the wait at a busy rail crossing
  • benefit personal travel by bypassing downtown and eliminating the wait at a busy rail crossing
  • benefit pedestrians/bicyclists by starting the new southeast side trail system
  • extend the service life of existing Whiteland Road by reducing all traffic volumes but specifically the heavy truck traffic volumes by likely 75%
  • extend the service live and improve capacity of the existing Signals at US 31
  • reduce traffic volumes and extending the service live of the existing roadway network within the downtown Town of Whiteland

Ultimately, it is intended that the preferred alternative be adopted into the town's Thoroughfare Plan.

For more information:

Town of Whiteland
Dan Cartwright

Johnson County Thoroughfare Plan

This project will create a usable Thoroughfare Plan document for the unincorporated areas of Johnson County. Utilizing existing traffic volumes and thoroughfare planning information from other local government agencies in the region, the plan will identify general improvements needed to the roadway network to accommodate both current traffic volume and future growth, provide general cost estimates for typical roadway sections, and prioritize road projects based on anticipated need. The plan will analyze identify current traffic volume and patterns in order to direct future capital investment into the projects that provide the most benefit to traffic movement, future development, safety issues, and multi-modal need, while proposing the right type of project for the area.

For more information:

Johnson County
Lucas Mastin

Hamilton County 146th St. Corridor Mobility Study

This planning project will analyze 146th Street from Lowes Way/Greyhound Pass to Hazel Dell Pkwy provide recommendations for maintaining/improving the service level of the roadway over a 20 year timeframe. This study directly relates to preserving the safe utilization of the existing system and enhancing the transportation mobility of this regionally significant corridor.

For more information:

Hamilton County
Bradley Davis