INDIANAPOLIS — Franklin Township, on the southeast side of Indianapolis, is rapidly becoming the land of roundabouts.
The Department of Public Works (DPW) Friday announced plans to begin work on a roundabout at Stop 11 Road and Combs Road. The project is expected to take about one year and cost $865 thousand.
Besides he roadway, the roundabout will include new drainage, sidewalks, crosswalks, ADA access ramps, and street lights.
During construction, traffic will use East County Line Road, Arlington Avenue, Southport Road, Shelbyville Road, and Five Points Road to connect with Combs Road.
This project is one of four roundabouts being built in Franklin and neighboring Perry Township. The other three are:
- Stop 11 Road and Five Points Road
- Edgewood Avenue and Five Points Road
- Sherman and Thompson Roads
These four roundabouts will be similar in design to four in Franklin Township completed last year.
Why so many roundabouts in one area of the city? Franklin Township has seen a lot of growth in recent years and intersections needed upgrades to handle the increased traffic. For planners, roundabouts have become a popular alternative to traffic light-controlled intersections.