Roundabout planned in Speedway in front of IMS
Project will connect major intersections
Last Updated: 106 days ago
SPEEDWAY, Ind. - The intersection in front of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is set to be turned into a roundabout next summer.
The $14 million project will connect 16th Street and Crawfordsville Road to Main Street in Speedway, and Georgetown Road will be cut off from the intersection.
The Speedway Redevelopment Commission said the intersection near the IMS is dangerous and it gets a failing grade when it comes to safety.
The intersections at 16th and Main Street in Speedway and 16th at Georgetown and Crawfordsville roads in front of the IMS will be going through a huge transformation by this time next year.
The traffic lights will come down, and the area will be turned into a roundabout with access points at 16th Street to the east, Crawfordsville Road to the west and Main Street to the south.
"For 362 days a year, the roundabout will make this a much more functional, easy to use, safer intersection," Scott Harris, executive director of the redevelopment commission, said.
The three other days of the year are race days, and police will be there to direct traffic going through the roundabout.
"I think this will work well for our law enforcement because it helps clean up what is a difficult intersection right now. So we are hoping it will actually improve the flow for folks as they are coming to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," IMS President Doug Boles said.
Georgetown Road will come to a dead end, which means people who use the road to get downtown will need to find a new route.
"We've done traffic modeling and a traffic impact analysis and we know that if all of the traffic along Georgetown Road is diverted to Tibbs and Lafayette, Lynhurst, that those roads have the capacity to handle that traffic," Harris said.
Residents in Speedway said the change will take some getting used to.
"The better off the signage for the people who need signage, the better off we'd be," resident Gary Farber said.
Many residents welcome what they hope will be progress in their community.
"We are pretty excited about it, especially during race time. We think it will really help," resident Joan Brown said.
Most of the construction will start after next year's Indianapolis 500 and is expected to wrap up by November of 2014.
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