INDOT to build 31 roundabouts on state roads by 2017
The Indiana Department of Transportation will build 31 traffic roundabouts on state roads over the next five years.
Right now INDOT oversees only three roundabouts. Much of the construction will occur on the US 31 corridor from Indianapolis to South Bend with several roundabouts slated for the state highway in Hamilton County.
"We see about an 80 percent reduction in injury accidents at a roundabout versus a traffic signal," said Carmel City Engineer Michael McBride, who lists advantages such as, "the efficiency of function, air quality benefits of roundabouts versus signals, you don't have all that stopped idling traffic there emitting noxious gases and there's also the safety benefit which no one can doubt."
Blair Clark lives above the intersection of 4th Avenue SW and Main Street where a fountain graces the island in the center of the roundabout.
"I think its great. It keeps traffic flowing a little quicker and you can get where you're going. I think it's the wave of the future."