Carmel neighborhood says detoured drivers are speeding, not obeying traffic signs

CARMEL, Ind. -- People living in one Carmel neighborhood say they’re concerned for their safety because of the amount of traffic detoured down their streets.

Construction on a roundabout at Smokey Mountain and Rangeline Road has drivers taking 1st Avenue Northwest.

Mike Tannehill has lived on 1st Street near 6th Street in Carmel for the past seven years. He says his once quiet road is seeing a lot more traffic and traffic violations.

He says some people even ignore the traffic signs altogether.

“Normally 1st Avenue is a pretty quiet street, not that much traffic, people drive pretty slowly,” said Mike Tannehill. “It’s just gotten a lot busier since the detour went up.”

Carmel police say they’ve been out in the area giving tickets to people who aren’t stopping at stop signs.

Tannehill says he and his neighbors are counting down the days for the construction to be complete so that they can have their quiet neighborhood back.

The City of Carmel expects construction on the roundabout to be finished by next Tuesday when Carmel students return to school.

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