CARMEL, Ind. -- We now have a clearer picture of when 32 new roundabouts will be added in Carmel.
The city secured a $257 million bond package to pay for the road and infrastructure projects that are expected to begin over the next three years. The biggest portion of the funds will be dedicated to adding more roundabouts to the city that's already known as the roundabout capital.
"The vast majority of the money is going to improving our transportation system. Making it safer number one and then number two making it easier and quicker for people to get around," Mayor Jim Brainard said.
Two of the biggest roundabout projects will be at some of the cities busiest intersections, like Carmel Drive and Rangeline Road beginning this fall. Keystone Parkway and 96th Street is set to begin in 2017. This will take two years to convert Keystone to go over 96th Street as a bridge with roundabout on and off ramps.
"But there's going to be some pain involved but in the end I think it's going to be worth it," Carmel resident, Kevin Law said.
Mayor Brainard says the roundabouts make the city appealing.
"That's how we compete. That's how we attract business to the city of Carmel."
Some taxpayers who will help foot the bill are indifferent about the projects.
"I think they help speed up traffic when it's very congested. But at the same time I've also found people going the wrong way in roundabouts which I think can also be dangerous," Mary Khalil said.
While California native Nicole Allen says she can't figure them out.
"Do I jump? Yeah, so my husband is like babe just leap out there. I'm like well I don't know if they're coming this way. Yeah, so it's different," Allen said.
A portion of the bonds will be paid back through tax increases. For example, the owner of a $200,000 home would pay an extra $22 a year in taxes. Homeowners of properties $345,000 and more wouldn’t pay any extra because they would’ve already met a constitutional cap.
For a list of those projects and when they're set to begin click here