Complaints roll in about closing Georgetown Road
Study: Area can handle closure
Last Updated: 109 days ago
SPEEDWAY, Ind. - Complaints have already started rolling in from concerned property owners along Georgetown Road, after Speedway officials announced plans to shut it down.
People who live in or drive through Speedway were able to get a better idea of how a new roundabout at 16th and Main streets will affect them.
Tom and Sarah Glass were among the many who attended the open house at the Dallara facility on Thursday.
Tom Glass’ concern is losing what he calls an important north/south corridor on the west side of Indianapolis.
“My concern goes all the way from Kentucky Avenue to 38th Street, and the loss of Georgetown Road is going to be major," Glass said.
Other than the loss of Georgetown Road, Glass said he likes the plans for the new roundabout.
The head of the redevelopment commission said a traffic impact study showed the loss of Georgetown Road is something the area can handle.
"We know the roads around Georgetown, whether they be Lafayette, or Tibbs, or Lynhurst, or High School Road, all have the capacity to handle that traffic without any deterioration to the level of service," said Scott Harris with the Speedway Redevelopment Commission.
Harris said that includes emergency services.
"We're working collectively with public safety. We're going to ensure that they have access both to things inside the speedway and along that linear park quarter," Harris said.
Some people were looking forward to Georgetown Road shutting down to through traffic.
The closure could help protect race fans from a potential terrorist attack and it will add a much-needed green space.
"They've talked about a linear park there. That excites me more because that's kind of bringing the community and more aspects and my family could possibly walk down to that park and hang out there," Speedway resident Tyler Carmichael said.
The redevelopment commission eventually hopes to purchase land from property owners along Georgetown Road.
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