2-month road closures for Speedway roundabout workSRC Member
A large roundabout in Speedway holds the promise of increased traffic flow and fewer car accidents, but not without some pain for west side commuters first.
The $15 million, two lane roundabout at 16th street, Main Street and Crawfordsville Road is scheduled to be completed in December. At a ground-breaking Monday, town officials said Crawfordsville and Georgetown roads will be closed for 60 days beginning Aug. 11 — but 16th Street will stay open.
In addition, Georgetown Road will be closed from 25th Street to 16th Street. When the project is finished, Georgetown will no longer go through to 16th Street.
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Despite the inconvenience, officials cited several long term benefits.
“This will connect our front gate with Speedway’s fabulous, vibrant Main Street,” said Doug Boles president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Town Council President Gary Raikes said the intersection is one of the most dangerous in the Indianapolis metropolitan area and that studies show roundabouts reduce accidents with injures by as much as 80 percent.
He said it will make the newly revitalized Main Street safer and easier to get to for drivers and pedestrians.
The roundabout will also be more aesthetically pleasing than the congested intersection there now.
“We believe we are the epicenter of rebuilding the westside of Indianapolis,” Raikes said.
Mindi Epstein recently opened a yoga shop on Main Street because she saw the possibilities for increased business.
“The street is architecturally beautiful and feels so welcoming,” said Epstein, owner of Main Street Yoga. “I saw enormous potential with the redevelopment commission’s plans.”
To navigate around the construction zone, officials are telling motorists to use Lynhurst Drive — which runs parallel to Georgetown — 25th Street and 10th Street.
Main Street can be approached from the south on 10th Street. Motorists can get to 16th Street near the track by taking Polco Street and Tibbs Avenue north from 10th Street.
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