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What is Decatur Direct?

Decatur Direct is the name for the proposed extension of Ameiplex Parkway. The new road—connecting Ameriplex Parkway to Southport Road—will be just over three miles.

Improving Accessibility

The roadway itself will be attractive, with a median to separate eastbound and westbound lanes. It will create new recreational options—including walking and biking paths—for residents of the area.

Economic Development

While we expect the project to have a positive effect on economic development, most new businesses planning to locate in the area would go through a public approval process.

Project Facts

Everything you need to know about the Decatur Direct project, all in one place. Here are eight project facts to help you understand the need for this road, and its benefits to the community both now and in the future.

Improved Connectivity

Better Accessibility

Economic Promise

0% Tax Increase

Decreased Traffic

Shorter Bus Routes

Faster First Response

Minimal Interruptions

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Project Scope and Timeline

Tentatively, the project will take five years to complete, from planning design to final traffic intersections.

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Timeline

Design will begin in 2021, with construction finishing in 2025.

Planning and Development 95%
Design 10%
Construction 0%

Ameriplex Extension Study

Map of Route Alternatives

Choosing The Best Route

Impact on the Environment

Impact to Home and Property Owners

Economic Expansion and Development

Designing Better Intersections

Pedestrians, Cyclists, and Motorists

School Buses & First Responders

Purchasing Land & Property

Breaking Ground & Staying on Target

Minimal Disruptions to Traffic


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Decatur Direct will extend Ameriplex Parkway from Kentucky Avenue to the intersection of Southport Road and Mann Road.

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157 E. Maryland Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Decatur Direct

What is the timeline?

Discussions have been underway for a decade, while research and planning began in 2017. The remaining design work and land acquisition process is estimated to take about 3.5 years, once the Indianapolis Department of Public Works identifies a method to fund the design work. After design is complete, construction is expected to take 2 years once funded and bid to a contractor.

Why the Extension?

The extension will enhance mobility in Decatur Township and throughout the south side of Indianapolis.

What are the benefits?

The connectivity will improve traffic routes across southern Marion County, with improvements for the community both now and in the future.

In 2017, the City of Indianapolis commissioned a study to assess and identify the best routes to establish a proposed connection between Ameriplex Parkway and Southport Road.

The objective of this study was to determine a route that could improve east-west connectivity and provide traffic congestion relief across southern Marion County. Out of three proposed routes, one has been identified as the preferred alignment, which provides the most viable route considering the impact to residents and the environment. Public involvement and feedback will be considered prior to finalizing the alignment of the proposed Decatur Direct Roadway.

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The 3-mile extension of the parkway will provide a new, modern roadway with bicycle lanes and walking paths.

The long-term impact for the Decatur community could bring new economic development to the area. While zoning is a separate process, any new business that plans to open in the area would go through a public approval process, allowing both new and long-time residents to have a say in the development of the community.

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Miles of Roadway

20,000+

Daily Vehicles

71m

Estimated Cost

0%

Tax Increase

Improving the future of Decatur Township

The project will have a positive effect on economic development, and most new businesses planning to locate in the area would go through a public approval process.

The Decatur Direct project includes three phrases: 1) Research and Planning, 2) Design, and 3) Construction. Research and Planning began with a study in 2017 commissioned by the City of Indianapolis, and design is slated to begin in 2021.

Timeline

Planning 75%
Design 10%
Construction 0%
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Decatur Direct is the name for the proposed extension of Ameriplex Parkway. The new road will extend Ameriplex Parkway from Kentucky Avenue to the intersection of Southport Road and Mann Road, improving east-west connectivity across the southern part of Marion County. 

The cost estimates for the preferred plan, Alternative 3, range from $31.5 million to $33.1 million. Cost estimates for the other two options range from $33.7 million to $41.3 million. Taxpayers will not see an increase, however, as the project will be funded by previously allocated transportation funds.

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News and Updates

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Have questions about how the proposed project will impact you and your community? Contact us or see the FAQs.

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Tuesday, February 18 at 6p
Decatur Central High School Cafeteria

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Decatur Direct provides a continuous east-west thoroughfare across southern Marion County.

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157 E Maryland St,
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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