Zionsville Times Sentinel

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June 11, 2014

Whitestown plans roundabout west of I-65

Whitestown has received a $2.6 million grant from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization to construct what Town Manager Dax Norton said would be "a huge roundabout" at Indianapolis Road and Whitestown Parkway (old Indiana 334).

"It'll be a very large, state-of-the-art roundabout," Norton said.

"The new funding we received from the MPO for the roundabout will be helpful for traffic flow if there's a coordinated effort to upgrade the interstate."

Pending approval of matching funds by the town council, construction of the roundabout could begin in 2016, with completion the next year. It's one of several road improvements the town is either undertaking or pursuing.

An engineering estimate of the cost to realign Perry Worth Road with Crane Drive, on Whitestown Parkway between I-65 and South Main Street (CR 650 E), came in "much lower" than expected, Norton said. The $2.4 million project, which includes traffic signals in all four directions, will eliminate the need for drivers to pull across two or more lanes of traffic while exiting restaurants and gas stations on either side of the parkway. It will also improve traffic flow during November and December, when an Amazon distribution center in Allpoints at Anson hires thousands of extra workers to meet holiday shipping demand.

"It will alleviate some of the headache," Norton said. During shift changes, Whitestown Police and hired security staff control points at Ind. 267 and Albert S. White Boulevard, I-65 and Ind. 267, and along Whitestown Parkway, to keep traffic backlogs to a minimum.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.

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