Westfield awarded a $7M federal grant for local projects, Monon Bridge over Ind. 32

The Monon Bridge over Ind. 32 will be parallel with Wheeler Road in Westfield. (Submitted rendering)

The Monon Bridge over Ind. 32 will be parallel with Wheeler Road in Westfield. (Submitted rendering)

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization voted unanimously to allocate more than $7 million in federal grants to Westfield projects on Dec. 18

“These federal dollars will help build a missing piece of the Monon in Westfield,” stated Mayor Andy Cook. “The trail system is one of the main reasons families are moving to Westfield. The city wants to continue building the community, connecting families and this pedestrian bridge will help us reach our goal of being a family inviting community.”

The IMPO awarded $3.3 million to be used for the proposed Monon Bridge over Ind. 32. The grant money will be used for the construction of the approved design.

“This project provides safe passage for pedestrian and bikers over Ind. 32 creating more connections that will allow people between Hamilton County and the Indianapolis area to travel to Westfield and visit their renowned Grand Park sports facility,” stated IMPO Executive Director Anna Gremling. “We look forward to working with Westfield now and in the future as they continue to grow.”

The IMPO also granted the city an additional $2 million to be used toward building a roundabout at 186th Street and Spring Mill Road. The intersection is in the process of being analyzed, but city officials anticipate a pedestrian friendly roundabout will be needed to handle the high traffic congestion in that area.

The remaining dollars will be slated for future projects.

This is the second time in many years the city has received federal funding for a bridge project. In 2013, a $2.9 million Monon Bridge project over 146th Street was a partnership between Westfield, Hamilton County, Carmel/Clay Board of Parks and Recreation and Clay Township. INDOT allocated $2.5 million of federal funds to pay 80 percent of the project’s cost. Westfield Parks Director Melody Jones said the remaining $585,600 was divided among Westfield ($156,160), Clay Township ($195,200) and Hamilton County ($234,240).