Changing my routine is not something I welcome. Habits are useful -- getting up at the same time every day, bathing at the same time, taking the same route to work--
That last one isn't easy. For years, I drove down Central Avenue for over half my commute, a nice, wide, one-way and little-used thoroughfare; sure, it ran though a seedy neighborhood -- but so does traffic-choked College Avenue, a few blocks away. And it was not without bright spots; a neighborhood church runs a co-op vegetable garden (with plenty of flowers) and has rehabilitated a little corner diner, posting delicious-sounding specials on an A-frame chalkboard out front every day; across the street, an ever-changing "Art Is--" billboard always had something interesting up.
Then the city decided the Central Avenue bridge over Fall Creek needed repair. They were right; most of the bridges over Fall Creek north of downtown date to the late 19thg or early 20th Century and most havn't had much more than a lick and a prayer (and occasional repaving) as traffic has increased. But once they started, they found the banks of the "creek" (in many places, it would count as a river), built up and reinforced back when internal combustion engines were cutting-edge tech, were undercut, weak and would require extensive work before they could even think about rebuilding the bridge.
That was two years ago. I've been commuting on College ever since. It will likely be another year before the Central Avenue bridge is back, well past schedule.
Having found one bad bridge across Fall Creek, the city took a closer look at the others and yes, of course, they weren't in great shape, either. They've patched up the Delaware Street bridge and they planned out fixing the rest. They filled out the calendar in ink. The College Avenue bridge gets work starting today.
Meanwhile, the humongous DigIndy sewer diversion/storage project, which involves digging a nearly thirty-mile-long tunnel under the central city and down to the sewage plant south of town, has closed parts of Meridian Street, the major north-south traffic route in and out of downtown, just north of the street's bridge over Fall Creek..
By my count, there's one bridge left east of Meridan and a couple of brides on one-way streets (one in each direction) west of it. The east bridge is on Delaware Street, which is one-way south on the north side of Fall Creek and one-way north on the south side of Fall Creek -- and, if I remember correctly, two-way over the bridge with some interesting sorting-out on each side. Many drivers will be encountering that for the first time today.
Me, I'm looking for another route.
1 month ago