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Traffic Viewing Park On Hold

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Photo: The Idle

The Idle will be the first project of its kind on federal highway land.

A plan for a park with a traffic-watching area between two interstates in Indianapolis has been delayed because of permitting problems.

The proposed park between I-65 and I-70 was originally set to open this fall after raising more than $90,000 dollars through individual and corporate donations

Tom Battista is the project’s creator. He says the space, which he’s dubbed ‘The Idle,’ will be a great place to relax, talk, and watch the traffic.

“The overall purpose is to energize currently unused green space in the middle of the interstates that cut through Indianapolis,” Battista says.

Battista has been working with the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Department of Public Works for five years in order to get permission for the project.

“I thought the hard part was going to be raising the money,” Battista says, “but now it turns out that the hard part was convincing them to do it, letting us do it,”

The plan is currently stalled at the Federal Highway Administration legal department while the construction plans are being reviewed.

Battista hopes to have ‘The Idle’ open to the public on Memorial Day.

 

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