Speedway roundabout plan raises questions

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Big changes are once again slated for Speedway, and on Thursday the public will have a chance to learn what it means for the area.

Speedway will soon eliminate one of the most dangerous intersections in the area with the addition of a roundabout, but one major road won’t have access to it.

Georgetown Road will come to a dead end instead of connecting to 16th Street or Crawfordsville Road, that according to plans for the $14 million project.

“I like the idea of a roundabout, but to cut off Georgetown Road I think is ridiculous,” said Jennifer White, a Speedway native. “It cuts off a main artery to the town.”

According to the Speedway Redevelopment Commission, the disconnection from Georgetown road will be beneficial without impacting traffic significantly.

“The regional roads have the ability to withstand the additional traffic,” said Scott Harris, executive director of the Speedway Redevelopment Commission.

Not everyone is convinced that the additional traffic will be a positive.

“They’re going to send all that traffic through three school zones,” said Shawn Leo with Leo’s Barber Shop.

Leo says he has trouble understanding why the project would cut off traffic to such a major road, but is keeping an open mind. He says the redevelopment of Main Street was difficult to survive during construction, but now it’s paying off.

“Business has gotten a lot better,” he said

“I think (the roundabout) will be a very positive impact on businesses,” Harris said.

That’s assuming they make it through the construction season first.

“I just think, you know, in the barber business, it’s a spur-of-the-moment thing, and if they can’t get to you they’ll drive to the next shop,” Leo said.

The project is expected to be completed by November of 2014. The public information meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 22 from 4-8 p.m. at the Dallara Factory in Speedway.

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