Clinton Street will go from five lanes to four in front of the Anthony Wayne Building downtown to expand the sidewalk in front of the building, which is being converted into condominiums.
Mayor Tom Henry made the announcement Wednesday from the fifth floor of the Anthony Wayne Building as crews on the street below were already working on the changes. The lane closure/wider sidewalk will go from Main Street to Berry Street on the east side of Clinton, and will wrap around the building onto a short section of Berry Street.
The sidewalk will be an aesthetic enhancement to the streetscape, with a block-long landscape planter providing a buffer between sidewalk pedestrians and the busy street.
Henry said it will "really make the entrance into our city even more attractive than it is now."
Greg Leatherman, executive director of redevelopment for the city, said the wider sidewalk and planter buffer will make the sidewalk feel safer for pedestrians.
As for traffic flow, Leatherman said the Indiana Department of Transportation "agreed this would be a good thing to do." Clinton Street, also U.S. 27, is maintained by INDOT.
The easternmost lane on Clinton north of Main Street will become a dedicated left turn lane onto Main. The block between Main and Berry will be reduced to four lanes, and then south of Berry the easternmost lane will reopen, returning Clinton to five lanes.
RCI Development, the developer of the Anthony Wayne Building, requested the lane closure. The city's Redevelopment Commission agreed to fund the improvements.
Construction should be completed by mid-summer. The estimated cost of the work is $265,839.40.