The large new roundabout at the intersection of 16th Street, Crawfordsville Road, and Main Street has been completed, and I was able to get a glimpse of it recently. It is so new that it isn’t complete on the most recent Google aerial photo:
Aesthetically, the intersection’s redesign is a major improvement. Indy unfortunately has a lot of “I’d rather be anywhere else than here right now” intersections, and this was likely in the top 10:
Now it has brick crosswalks, new steel benches, street signs, and lamp posts. And people have better access the newly redesigned Main Street. Previously, Crawfordsville Road acted as a moat between the Main Street and the actual IMS area:
There’s also a path that runs parallel to Crawfordsville Road that appears to be intended for cyclists and pedestrians, although there are no signs pointing this out that I’ve seen:
Unfortunately, this leads to my greatest criticism of the redesign. They built all this nice pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, but the roundabout improves the speed of traffic flow to the point where it feels like it may still be dangerous to actually cross the street on foot or bike. If the roundabout could have been made a bit tighter, or maybe paved in brick with markings (like a mini Monument Circle), this project would have been more of a success for all modes. As it stands, I suppose it is a fitting gateway to the real racetrack on the northeast corner.