Roundabout eases Speedway traffic flowSRC Member
Editorial from SRC President, Vince Noblet Printed in the Indianapolis Star | November 16, 2014
Whether you pass through Speedway to attend an Indianapolis Motor Speedway race, commute regularly for work, or are a longtime resident, it is no surprise that the intersection of Main Street, 16th Street and Crawfordsville Road is a problematic spot, especially during peak periods.
Recent traffic studies in Speedway revealed that the intersection received an “F” for safety — with more than 63 percent of all Speedway accidents in 2012 occurring there.
Over the past several years, I have had the privilege to work alongside the Speedway Redevelopment Commission in collaboration with the Town of Speedway, the City of Indianapolis, the State of Indiana, the Federal Highway Administration and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to investigate the most effective solution, both in terms of cost and results, for the Main Street intersection.
Our work led to a solution: a roundabout. Studies show that in parts of the country where intersections have been converted to roundabouts, motor vehicle crashes have been reduced by approximately 40 percent and injury crashes by 80 percent, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
To enhance safety and continued redevelopment of Speedway, the Speedway Redevelopment Commission worked to install a roundabout at the intersection of Main Street, 16th Street and Crawfordsville Road. Main Street’s new roundabout will allow for smoother traffic flow, fewer delays and fewer fatal accidents and result in positive growth and investment in the Town of Speedway.
As we move forward, we always keep in mind our commitment to making Speedway an outstanding place to live, work, play, learn and shop. Our next project includes the creation of a linear park for additional recreation options for residents and visitors.
If it’s been a while since you last visited us, please stop by. You might find that one of our Main Street businesses has exactly what you are looking for.
Vince Noblet, President, Speedway Redevelopment Commission