Indianapolis won’t shut Massachusetts Avenue and Broad Ripple Avenue for any anticipated March Madness crowd that might descend upon town subsequent month.
The Division of Public Works made the choice to maintain these streets open following a survey of eating places that opted to broaden seating into the general public right-of-way through the pandemic final yr, in keeping with spokesman Ben Easley.
Town remains to be figuring out whether or not to shut Georgia Avenue within the coronary heart of downtown, nearer to the place March Insanity followers may congregate.Easley stated the division hopes to speak a plan for Georgia Avenue quickly, whereas persevering with to coordinate with the NCAA on its wants for the match.
The choice follows final yr’s Dine Out Indy initiative that shut down public roads to permit eating places to broaden out of doors seating. The trouble closed a whole bunch of parking areas and blocked visitors alongside Massachusetts Avenue, Georgia Avenue and Broad Ripple Avenue.
The initiative finally cost the city more than $315,000 paid to ParkIndy, which operates Indianapolis parking meters. Indianapolis paid $9.75 per closed parking meter every day.
Town’s most up-to-date survey, which was carried out final week, concerned 77 respondents who had beforehand opted in to the Dine Out program, in keeping with the Division of Public Works.
The Broad Ripple Village Affiliation additionally carried out its personal survey that includes enterprise house owners between School Avenue and the Monon Path, which concluded that 64% of homeowners opposed a closure. Solely 23% supported it, however the majority of companies in opposition said that final yr’s closure financially broken their enterprise.
It is still unknown whether fans will be allowed to attend March Insanity, which is able to function 68 groups coming to Indianapolis. Video games within the capital metropolis might be performed at Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse and Indiana Farmers Coliseum.