Festival goers and individuals walking downtown now have a wider, more accommodating sidewalk to enjoy along Clinton Street near Freimann Square and Headwaters Park.

City and community leaders today led a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the substantial completion of the project. The work was a key recommendation from the Downtown Blueprint plan to enhance downtown. The total cost of the project was around $125,000 which was financed through the Downtown CEDIT bond.

The width of the sidewalk has been tripled and architectural concrete bollards are placed along the curb to protect walkers from traffic. The area also includes brick paving accents, and trees in new planters will be added in the fall.

“The sidewalk enhancements help serve as a great gateway into downtown,” said Deputy Mayor Mark Becker. “Investing in our downtown makes our community more attractive for residents and visitors and more competitive for business, job, housing, and retail growth.”

Due to the sidewalk improvements, the eastern lane of Clinton from the St. Marys Bridge to Superior Street is now a dedicated left turn lane onto Superior. Travel lanes on Clinton have been restriped and adjusted for the new traffic pattern.

Key Concrete was the prime contractor for the work. The project was a partnership between the City and the Indiana Department of Transportation. A future project will include improvements to the sidewalk on the west side of Clinton.