A vital pedestrian link between the Marina Village and neighborhoods south of 96th and Carroll Road is finally going to happen. For years residents in Admirals Bay, the Woods at Geist, and Cardinal Woods have wanted a safe passage way along Carroll Road near the Treasure Pointe subdivision. Thanks to a community partnership spearheaded by the Town of McCordsville, the design of a new 900-foot long sidewalk is now underway.
After an unsuccessful bid for a federal grant in 2012, the project was put on ice due to lack of funding. Since then, residents and local businesses have come forward offering money and in-kind services to help the project along. With some assurances from the Geist locals, the Town of McCordsville agreed to proceed with the first part of the engineering study. “Once we have a survey done, we can get an idea as to how much excavation, aggregate, asphalt, and retaining wall materials we will need to shore up from donors or outside funders,” said Mark Witsman, Engineer for the Town of McCordsville.
What’s planned is a widening of Carroll Road by approximately eight feet to the west, starting at the entrance to Treasure Pointe on the south to the sidewalk across from Cardinal Woods Drive on the north. A cross walk will be installed at the south, end to connect the Woods at Geist neighborhood sidewalk which now is a dead end. Another cross walk will be installed on the north end for Cardinal Woods residents. Estimated timeline for completion is August 2014.
Local businesses in the following areas that would like to participate in this community project are urged to contact Tom Britt: Asphalt, concrete pavers, masonry, and excavating. While some corporate sponsors have given preliminary commitments, none will be firm until the engineering study is completed by the Town of McCordsville. For updates follow the Geist Community Newsletter on Facebook or on Twitter.