INDIANAPOLIS — Beginning on or after Monday, Nov. 14, the Emerson Avenue intersection at 38th Street will be closed in all directions for roadway improvements. The closure is anticipated to reopen on or after Thursday, Dec. 1. The long-term 38th Street westbound lane and intermittent side street closures from Keystone to Emerson avenues are expected to continue through December.   

Motorists will be required to detour around the closure using 46th Street and Keystone, Sherman and Shadeland avenues. (See Motorist Impacts map below.) 

  • Eastbound traffic will be detoured via Sherman Avenue, 46th Street and Shadeland Avenue. 
  • Westbound traffic will be detoured via Shadeland Avenue, 46th Street and Keystone Avenue. 
  • Northbound traffic will be detoured via 34th Street, Shadeland Avenue and 46th Street. 
  • Southbound traffic will be detoured via 46th Street, Shadeland Avenue and 34th Street. 

IndyGo Route 39 eastbound and westbound will be detoured around the closure and temporary stops implemented wherever it’s safe to do so. Route 39 westbound will use Leland Avenue, 34th Street and Keystone Avenue. Route 39 eastbound will use Dequincy Avenue, 34th Street and Leland Avenue. Route 5 will continue to use 37th, Denny and 36th streets. (See Rider Impacts map below.)  

Riders can plan their trips using Google Maps, the Transit app or our online trip planner tool here.   

IndyGo representatives will share upcoming construction impacts and tools available to the community to help them thrive during construction at the following events in November:  

  • Transit Talk: East 38th Street Library | Tues. Nov. 15 from noon – 3 p.m. | 5420 E. 38th St.  
  • Transit Talk: Avondale Meadows YMCA | Tues. Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | 3908 Meadows Dr. 
  • Transit Talk: East 38th Street Library | Tues. Nov. 29 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | 5420 E. 38th St.  

IndyGo encourages motorists and riders to sign up to receive a three-week projection of construction activities here. 

Construction on the Purple Line is expected to take two years and is scheduled to open for service in 2024. The line will run 15 miles, connecting downtown Indianapolis to the City of Lawrence. It will not only mean the ability to transport more people faster but will also mean significant infrastructure upgrades along the East 38th Street and Post Road corridors, including nearly 10 miles of sidewalks, more than 350 ADA curb ramps, new street paving, a multi-use path, storm sewer separation and much more to advance the community.     

For more information about the Purple Line and its construction impacts, visit IndyGo’s website HERE. 

(Motorist Impacts) 

(Rider Impacts)


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