Trailing on the heels of a successful 2-day gathering last year in Chicago, we're going to be doing another 2-dayer in the Great Lakes region here this summer. This year's destination: Indianapolis. This is the first time (as far as I know) that a gathering has been done in Indiana's capital city, and there are a lot of interesting things to check out on the roads front in the area.
The dates for the Indianapolis meet are going to be Fri., 7/10 and Sat., 7/11. For a bit of a different twist, our tour on Fri., 7/10 will head southwesterly from Indianapolis, to cover the general corridor that the future extension of I-69 will take. On the way back, we will travel through the SPUI interchange between I-65 and SR 46 in Columbus, IN, which features a type of bridge you don't see everyday -- tied-arch. On Sat., 7/11, we will focus more on roads and projects of note more within the immediate Indianapolis area. This year, the event will most likely conclude with the end of the tour on Saturday, but will start on Thursday evening, 7/09, for those of you who come into town (or are already in town) early. Our evening events on 7/09 & 7/10 will give you a little flair for what the Indianapolis area has to offer, similar to what we did when we hit Ed Debevic's and Navy Pier in the evenings in Chicago last year.
Logistics are still being worked on right now, including the lodging base, tour routing and stops, the evening events and more. I will post more information on these things, especially on the area where our base meet-up point will be, in the coming days. We hope you'll be able to join us for what promises to be a fun weekend on the roads of the Indianapolis region, if even for only one of the two days. (Last year, we had about 7 of us that were there the entire weekend, and then one person who came for Friday's festivities around Chicago, and 7 that joined us for the Milwaukee tour that Saturday.)
If you are interested in joining us in Indy, please let me know, either by posting here, or messaging me. Also, if you have any suggestions for either of the tours, please pass those along as well. Thanks, and we hope to see you for the 2009 Indianapolis Roads Event!