CARMEL, Ind. – People may be fed up with all of the Carmel roundabout construction going on, but apparently those circular intersections are paying off as one of them was recognized as the world’s most beautiful.
The city’s roundabout located at Horseferry Road, just south of Main Street was named “International Roundabout of the Year” by The UK Roundabout Appreciation Society in London Friday.
“The roundabout in Carmel is beautiful and unlike most cities in the U.S., Carmel truly embraces its roundabouts,” said Kevin Beresford, president of the UK Roundabout Appreciation Society.
This isn’t the first time one of Carmel’s prized possessions has been recognized. The roundabout at 4th and Main Street was among the 12 featured in the 2015 calendar.
The roundabout will be featured on the cover of the society’s 2016 calendar, which will also highlight 11 others nominated for the title.
Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard said the city is pleased to be honored.
“We work hard in Carmel and take great pride in creating beautiful landscapes throughout our city; from our domed, European style Palladium concert hall in City Center to the architectural styles and charming amenities of our Arts & Design District – and of course, our 97 roundabouts, each one adorned with a variety of unique landscaping elements,” said Brainard.
The city of Carmel is home 97 roundabouts and counting, making the it city with most roundabouts in the country. The city will celebrate the completion of its 100th roundabout later this year.
“Roundabouts are not only functional for moving traffic and keeping motorists safe, they are also opportunities to enhance the beauty of our daily drives, lift the spirits of our residents and hopefully inspire all of us to pay attention to elements of design and architecture no matter what we create.”