On Monday, July 2nd, Rebuild Indy’s twitter account posted their major project fact sheet.Â Â Linked are 5 different pdf files that mention the installation of roundabouts.Â The fact that these are happening without much public fanfare might speak to the fact that this style of intersection is becoming quite common in the region, but I believe these will be the first modern roundabouts on major roads to be built in Indianapolis.Â I’ll get to the pluses and minuses later in the article, but first, links to the locations.
Last week, the contributors at Urban Indy relayed some positives and negatives of roundabouts, and I thought it would be good to simply list them out.
- Lower noise and emissions.
- Reduces severity and frequency of crashes.
- Can be more aesthetically pleasing than lighted suburban intersections.
- Lower maintenance and electricity costs.
- Might prevent further widening of roads to where they will be even more foreboding to pedestrians.
- Keeps cars moving, which is not good for pedestrians.
- Use up a lot of land and Right-of-Way.
- Making driving easier might not be a good thing unless it is also accompanied with a Complete Streets Policy.
- In general, not something we should be seeing at most urban intersections, which should already be properly functioning at slowing down traffic.Â They work better in suburban areas.
At the moment, I think it is a good move for these intersections to be transformed into roundabouts.Â Their automobile-oriented character is not likely to change in the near future.Â As for 10-15 years in the future?Â That remains to be seen.Â What do you think?