Indianapolis council approves deal to pave way for 96th Street roundabout construction

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The Indianapolis City-County Council on approved a deal Sept. 25 that clears the way for Carmel to proceed with constructing roundabouts along 96th Street at Hazel Dell Parkway, Gray Road, Delegates Row and Randall Drive. Previously, Councilor Christine Scales wouldn’t sign off on their construction because she said she opposes those projects along the county border.

Indianapolis filed a lawsuit in June, and on Aug. 10 Boone County Judge Matt Kincaid granted the preliminary injunction. The judge told the two cities to meet for mediation to resolve the matter, but he noted that Carmel could move their roundabouts six feet north and then begin construction. Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard indicated that he would do just that if an agreement wasn’t reached.

The cities of Carmel and Indianapolis signed a tentative agreement in early September but approval was needed from both city councils. Carmel’s city councilors expressed a willingness to agree to the deal but waited to see what the Indianapolis vote might be first.

At one point, Scales told Current she believed her fellow councilors would side with her since it’s generally been an unspoken agreement that councilors get to make decisions regarding their own districts. The City-County Council authorized the deal by a 14-10 vote.

The agreement states that Carmel will repave a detour route and install and maintain sidewalks on the south side of 96th Street from Priority Way West Drive to just east of River Ridge Drive.

Brainard said he expects the Carmel City Council to vote on the agreement soon. He said he’s unsure when construction might begin.

“Our engineer will look at it,” he said. “We’ve got to think very carefully what’s done this year and what’s done this spring.”


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