In 2013 and 2014, the city will replace a half-dozen intersections — mostly four-way stops that become congested at rush hour — on the Southeastside, Northeastside and Far Northside with roundabouts.This is Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's best move in office, by far.
Unlike the larger, more pedestrian-oriented Monument Circle in the center of Downtown, the purpose of roundabouts is to keep traffic moving.
That and better safety is what has made the European standards so popular over the past decade in the United States, particularly in suburban areas. Besides Carmel, other metro communities, such as Fishers and Greenwood, have added roundabouts.
In 1994, I worked in Carmel at a law office. Absolutely hated traveling to, from and in hat community. Carmel streets were always terribly congested and it took forever just to go to a restaurant at lunch. I was constantly waiting in line at stop signs or traffic lights.
The traffic flow has improved so much in Carmel since Mayor Jim Brainard began installing roundabouts in that city. Brainard, like Ballard, has wasted millions of taxpayer money on subsidizing projects that will never pay off. But roundabouts are a good investment of taxpayer money in infrastructure, something government should be doing.