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Groundbreaking set for $15M Speedway roundabout

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One of the most famous intersections in Indianapolis is about to receive a new look.

The town of Speedway was set to break ground Monday on a two-lane roundabout to replace the current stoplight-controlled intersection at West 16th and Main streets, and Crawfordsville Road outside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. When the project is complete, Georgetown Road no longer will intersect with 16th Street.

The town says the new roundabout will result in fewer vehicle stops and accidents, fewer delays during peak travel times, and reduced air and noise pollution.

The project is due to be completed by November. The estimated $15 million cost is 80-percent federally funded.

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  • Kenny
    Try getting out of the car, you may see some wonderful things. It will be a breeze to get down Georgetown to Main Street and 10th Street via bike. It is great to see a project promoting the human over the car.
  • Georgetown
    I still haven't read a reason why the roundabout doesn't connect to Georgetown.
  • Secure?
    Lee, I never fail to be surprised at the people who think that being close to a jail is less safe than being away from one. It's like living next to a cemetery - the people there are dead and can't possibly hurt you. The people in the jail are locked up and so you are safer from them than you are the ones walking on the street.
  • no more downtown for me
    since i live north on georgetown and it no longer goes through ,guess i won't be eat at charlie browns or mug and bun anymore or by my little farmers market,I am not going to travel futher west to have to double back to go east.Sorry
  • while your at it, rebuild the entire town of Speedway
    The town of Speedway needs to renew itself, otherwise it will pass as an old factory town. It was a much better place not 20 years go, but has become a town that has seen better days. Better than investing 100 million dollars in loans to the IMS, why not 100 million dollars in improvements to Speedway and police to protect citizens from crime. As with any city, Indianapolis downward spiral from the city center to I465 and beyond continues with migration of crime from the inner city to the outlying areas to surrounding counties. Unfortunately, instead of the acceptable culture and morals of surrounding counties taking precedence of people migrating from the inner city, it appears to be the negative element is moving into the surrounding counties causing crime to migrate with them. Would suggest that surrounding counties hold the line and do not allow pushing culture that is negative to the suburbs, but change those who have that culture to a more positive focus rather than inner city acceptable behavior. As with Broad Ripple, crime is migrating outward and must be stopped and those who are criminal locked up. I suppose that is why the new Jail/Prison is being placed across from the Indianapolis Zoo, what a bad place to put it, right next to an outdoor concert venue and across from a major community attraction. There will need to be plenty of security there. The only way to stop the violence from occurring in and around the city is to crack down on underage loitering, drinking, and generally between the hours of 11 and 7 in the morning, focus on crime areas and bust the criminals before they can commit any crimes.
    • Question
      $15 MILLION for a traffic circle with no traffic signals seems awfully expensive even after considering demolition costs.

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