146th Street, what happened to you?



Poor thing. You were thought of originally as one of the main thoroughfares connecting Noblesville to the east and the western most part of Carmel. A true arterial line and motorway providing as free a movement as possible. A multi-lane fast track to breeze east or west and cut down commute time and get to Clay Terrace quickly, or one of the many neighborhoods, or multiple good places to eat; east to Allisonville Road to make one’s way to the pleasures of downtown Noblesville; west to Michigan Road and all the new shops there; or entry to Zionsville.

And then someone must have forgotten to talk to Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard, the roundabout savior of Hamilton County. He probably could have told someone in planning that all of these stop lights that have gone in and seem to be still going in now, especially the ones on the bridge over U.S. 31/Keystone, were going to defeat the purpose of this free flowing, proud street, and it would become just another stop and go boulevard where drivers would spend countless minutes of wasted time in the car twiddling their thumbs, texting, reading the paper, and other time tested – but not really good – ideas (except the thumb twiddling) while waiting for traffic lights to change.

So, 146th street, my good friend and link to many environs and shopping opportunities, may no more lights disturb your flow. May someone get in a helicopter and take a look at what’s been and is being done to you, and may someone in charge realize after this inspection that they keep taking something away from you and us the good drivers that use you. Your fluidity and our time. You and I both know that you need roundabouts to restore your good name, not more time wasting traffic signals.

Andrew Blickman, 46074


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