GREENWOOD, Ind. - Greenwood street crews painted over a popular mural without warning Thursday, leaving many residents wondering what prompted the move.
The mural sat for years on the Smith Valley Road Bridge. Residents told us they enjoyed driving past the mural during the week.
"I thought it was really pretty, because I know it's part of the art trail," said Linda Rodebaugh. "I saw them painting this morning, but I didn't realize they were painting over it."
The new paint job was a shock to families like the Rodebaughs, who brought their grandson to Craig Park today.
"Well it's kind of plain now," Rodebaugh said. "Stark yellow."
Greenwood Deputy Mayor Terry McLaughlin said he liked the mural too.
"I think a mural always looks better than yellow highway paint," McLaughlin said.
But, he said, the 5-year-old paint was starting to peel, and the high school group that painted it never finished.
That's why he says he ordered the bridge painted back to its original yellow – to make sure the trail is highly visible on this very busy stretch of road.
Walker Don Beavis said he understands the safety aspect. Still, he and others would like to see another mural painted here in the future.
"Well, the color is important because it's safety issue for the walkers," Beavis said. "Maybe they'll do something different again and it will be beautiful again."
Deputy Mayor Laughlin said he's not opposed to having another mural painted on that bridge in the future if another group approaches the city with a plan.
City could consider public's use of Narcan
Indianapolis police and ambulance crews have reported success in dispensing Narcan to people who overdose on heroin.
Dad dies days after son killed in scooter crash
A 7-year-old boy and his father died after a car hit the motor scooter that they were riding Tuesday evening.
Ind. family sues real estate agent, former owner
A family forced to flee their home over a hidden danger is taking legal action.
Man fatally shot on city's northeast side
Police were investigating after a 29-year-old man was fatally shot on the city's northeast side Thursday evening.
Teens attack woman in downtown parking lot
Indianapolis police were searching for five teens accused of attacking a woman while wearing masks.
911 calls tell story of public heroin use
Indianapolis is seeing roughly three heroin overdoses each day, but they're not confined just to dark alleys as Hollywood would have you believe.