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Group pushes for changes to the North Split renovation plan

Posted: 10:43 PM, Nov 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-13 00:11:34-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- The fight over how to renovate the I-65/I-70 North Split in downtown Indianapolis is still ongoing and the "Rethink 65/70 Coalition" met Monday night to discuss changes they would like to see made before the road plan is finalized. 

The Rethink 65/70 Coalition is a group of residents urging INDOT to consider a radically different footprint for the downtown interstate system. 

The group says it is trying to avoid the destruction of neighborhoods that happened decades ago when the current North Split divided parts of downtown. 

The group has asked national experts to evaluate INDOT's plan and presented their findings at the meeting Monday evening. Leaders of the coalition want a design that will re-connect neighborhoods that they say were split apart when the old highway was built. 

"Our intent with this is to increase connectivity between neighborhoods and commercial areas that were separated by the interstate," said Paul Knapp. 

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has also voiced his support for the group in a letter sent back in June. 

The North Split project is still in the planning stages. You can find all the newest information on their website:  https://northsplit.com/ .

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