Old Town - alleys, parking, water quality
The City of Carmel began the construction of new, environmentally friendly pervious alleys behind certain properties in the Arts & Design District, as a way to improve access to parking, street connectivity and storm water management. Using existing right-of-way already owned by the City, the project involved construction of a detention area for storm water to collect under the pavement before infiltrating into the ground. This improved water quality and resolved storm water concerns in and around residential properties.
The project gave both existing and new residents rear access to their properties that they do not currently have, giving them potential options for parking. "It is important to remember that there was no master drainage plan when Old Town was originally developed. The City has already invested a lot in the construction of curbs, sidewalks and storm drains. This new project will continue to improve our ability to handle storm water runoff as it makes its way to Cool Creek, which is an issue of great importance to the whole city," said Mayor Jim Brainard.
Preliminary surveys and design are already underway. Construction began in the Summer of 2017 and is complete. Alleys running north and south, were planned for certain areas between north Range Line Road and 3rdAvenues NE and 1st and 5th Streets NE. There was one alley planned for a short distance between 1st and 2nd Avenues NW and 1st and 2nd Streets NW. See attached map for general project outlines.
For up-to-date information about this specific project, read the news release(s) from the City of Carmel below:
Roundabout Construction and Improvements
Carmel builds roundabouts because of their proven safety record; compatibility with the environment; aesthetics, and ability to make it easier for pedestrians and bicyclists. Roundabouts reduce injury accidents by about 80% and accidents overall by about 40%.
Storm Water and Drainage Improvements
The storm water and drainage projects included in Carmel Link 2.0 are designed to maintain existing storm water infrastructure, construct new infrastructure, address localized drainage issues, and reduce waterway pollution.
Street and Pathway Improvements
Widening and reconstruction of streets creates less congestion, a more responsible impact on the environment, greater aesthetic appeal and increased safety. By adding more bicycle friendly multi-use paths, Carmel encourages citizens to walk, jog, and run.