Bridge closures mean traffic congestion on nearby streets, neighbors beg drivers to slow down

INDIANAPOLIS -- People living in one Indianapolis neighborhood say the increase in traffic because of the College Avenue bridge closure has become a danger for the kids who live there, and one woman is going the extra mile to try to curb that danger.

Residents along Carrollton Avenue say they’re dealing with non-stop traffic during rush hour with drivers speeding, blowing stop signs and going the wrong way down one-way streets.

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“Cars flying down here and it’s kind of concerning because we have kids,” said Michael Raymond.

“They are going well over the speed limit. They’re blowing stop signs,” said Rachael Kissinger. “These are all one-way streets, they’re going the wrong way on a one-way street and we have kids that are not used to this kind of traffic.”

Kissinger says it’s become so dangerous for the neighborhood kids that she’s taking matters into her own hands and is working with the kids who live there to create signs asking drivers to drive slower, pay attention and be safe.

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“What would be more visual impact than seeing signs that kids themselves have made?”

“The kids are going to come over and paint some signs that we can hang up, not just on our street, but on the next street over as well,” said Kissinger. “I just kind of want to remind people that there are kids that live here and play here, and they need to slow down.”

The bridge over Fall Creek Parkway is closed for bridge, deck and sidewalk repairs, it’s expected to reopen on or around November 17.

The Department of Public Works says their engineering traffic team is keeping an eye on congestion but It’s the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s job to enforce traffic laws.

IMPD says their districts are aware of the issue and they plan to enforce traffic laws when they are in the area.

Call 6 Investigates is looking into this problem citywide. If you’re having an issue in your neighborhood you can reach out to us by email at call6@wrtv.com

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