Mayor: Obstructed view at roundabout intentional

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Landscaping improvements are underway in the roundabout at Keystone Avenue and Main Street. (Photo by Adam Aasen)

Landscaping improvements are underway in the roundabout at Keystone Avenue and Main Street. (Photo by Adam Aasen)

Carmel is giving a facelift to the roundabout interchange at Main Street and Keystone Parkway with new lighting, landscaping and a decorative stone wall.

“Just as our district archways provide the gateways into this unique area, it is fitting to improve this nearby interchange so that visitors know they are about to experience something very special,” Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard said in a statement.

The decorative walls ascend in the shape of a Fibonacci curve with a decorative urn sitting atop a pillar. The shape has been described as “serpentine,” and Brainard said it will look beautiful when it’s complete.

But not everyone is a fan of the new landscaping design.

One reader sent a letter to Current in Carmel saying they thought the project looked like “giant, concrete cinnamon rolls… that are obstructing everyone’s view of traffic.”

“It used to be grass,” Lynette Quinn wrote. “Now it is a concrete swirl on each end. Since I pass it every day about 6:45 a.m. – before breakfast – they look an awful lot like giant concrete cinnamon rolls. They block visibility, just like some of the other art and structures in Carmel.”

Brainard said blocking visibility is intentional.

“Actually, they’re there for people who don’t know how to drive through a roundabout,” he said in an interview with Current in Carmel. “You want to block visibility straight across the roundabout to encourage people to look to the left for the gap. One of problems we have with roundabouts when it comes to moving the amount of traffic they are supposed to move is that people see people way on the other side and then they wait for them. They are just supposed to look to the left for the gap and go. So blocking the intersection prevents that. It helps roundabouts function better.”

The Main Street and Keystone Parkway roundabout interchange project will cost $539,894 and is funded by the 2010 county option income tax bond.

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  1. I think we should spend as much money on roundabout view obstructions as possible. It’s just tax money and boondoggles. What campaign contributor did we pay for this monstrosity? Yet we can’t even afford a painted crosswalk at a dangerous intersection like 126th and Auman. Let alone warning lights! And remember a stoplight is not cost effective at that location “no matter the price”! Even though the Street Department had plenty of lights in stock and we installed them for short periods of time in many areas during the US 31 construction. Not an option where the mayor polls badly… Ironic there are still 44 other Stop SIgns around Carmel that ALSO don’t meet MINIMUM STANDARDS for Stop Signs. Largely East of Keystone. Lets see. Sue Finkam introduced the plan to remove and Jeff Worrell campaigned on it? Hmm?

    How well does the Mayor keep his commitments? Here is his safety plan for 126th & Auman.

    Big on promises short on delivery, Guess that’s why he lives at City Center eh?

  2. Robert E. Waring on

    I’d rather see the city fix the dilapidated sewer systems that have routinely flood homes with raw sewage for at least the last decade. That would be responsible, and some would dare say, their job.

  3. Robert E. Waring on

    I’d rather see the city fix the dilapidated sewer systems that have
    routinely flooded homes with raw sewage for at least the last decade (That I personally know of).
    That would be responsible, and some would dare say, their job, but what do I know, I’m just a taxpayer.

  4. The fact that so much money is spent on needless statues, landscaping, and other unnecessary items rather than addressing important issues such as those mentioned above is wrong. Just. Plain. Wrong. It shows that the mayor is more interested in pretending to be sophisticated and worldly than in taking care of the people in the town he has been hired to work for. I also find appalling that this town has so many city officials who are nothing but yes men and will do the mayor’s bidding just for a share in his power.

  5. Tim Gapinski on

    These comments are so banal. I live in Westfield and work in. Carmel. I feel like I am part of something special when I drive in Carmel. Why. Because of all the special touches Like this. You guys should buy some real art for home sometime. Or maybe you have, it’s the same idea. Money isn’t just for necessities, it’s for generosity as well. Besides, the amount of gas and time these roundabouts save the public easily pay for this. Years ago my commute to the office in Carmel was almost double what it is now. From 22 minutes to 12, two trips a day is 20 minutes of my life everyday. Celebrate those beautiful roundabouts!!!

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