Laf. Rd. Bridge CLOSED April – December 2009 ! ! !

If you travel Lafayette Rd between 71st and 79th St., you might want to attend this public meeting.
The road is scheduled be closed from March through December 2009 to replace the bridge over Eagle Creek.

You are cordially invited to attend a public information
meeting for Project # BM-01-019 the replacement of
the Lafayette Road Bridge over Eagle Creek.

This public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 12, 2009
at 6:30 p.m. at Fishback Creek Public Academy located at 8301
W. 86th Street.

• Learn about the project background and timeline
• Hear the analysis of why we need to replace the bridge
• Find out about traffic restrictions during construction

Public comments are welcome and encouraged.

All DPW meeting locations are accessible to persons with disabilities.
If special accommodations are needed, please contact the neighborhood
coordinator at (317) 327-5238.

Mary E. Chalmers
Mayor’s Neighborhood Liaison – Pike Township & Eagledale
Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services
Gregory A. Ballard, Mayor
200 E. Washington St., Suite 2160
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317)327-5424 (fax)


About Ross Reller

I am pleased you have expressed interest in learning more about the historic Traders Point area in Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1980 to 1982 I was employed in the PR department at Conner Prairie Museum in Hamilton County. There I learned about William Conner, an important figure in Indiana's pioneer days. A decade later I became interested in the history of the Traders Point area and was surprised to learn that William Conner had been the first land owner in the area. In 1823 he acquired, through the Federal land office in Brookville, a patent for an 80 acre tract carved by Eagle Creek and an Indian trail that was about to be named the first toll roadway through the township (Lafayette Road). Thirty years later a village took shape within this tract. A grain mill on the creek, houses, churches, stores, restaurants, and two gas stations would take shape here in the creek valley hamlet of Traders Point. By 1962 all improvements (except a farmer's co-op) had been removed by the Indianapolis Flood Control Board to make way for Interstate 65 and a new reservoir. This blog is dedicated to preserving evidence of this historic area but I will occasionally use it to discuss related topics. To activate this follow, simply click the confirm button below. If you don't want to follow, ignore this message and we'll never bother you again. I am also a member of the Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery, a non profit association still selling burial plots for those who would like to spend all eternity in Traders Point, and I am an officer in the Pike Township Historical Society and the Traders Point Association of Neighborhoods.
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