Carmel announces $43M plan to upgrade 96th Street intersections


The City of Carmel announced Feb. 15 that $43 million will be spent to update the 96th Street corridor with five new roundabouts, including at Keystone Parkway, which was a major campaign promise of Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard.

The 96th Street and Keystone Parkway roundabout interchange will be similar to what was done at 116th Street and Keystone Parkway, except that Keystone Parkway will be elevated over 96th Street. The ramps will be accessed through a roundabout, and the project should be complete in 2018. Traffic will continue throughout construction with one lane open in each direction. Preparation work will begin in September.

Here’s what you need to know:

Where will the roundabouts be?

  • 96th Street and Hazel Dell Parkway, starting in fall 2017
  • 96th Street and Gray Road, starting in summer 2017
  • 96th Street and Delegates Row, starting in summer 2017
  • 96th Street and Priority Way, starting in fall 2017
  • 96th Street and Keystone Parkway, preliminary work beginning in fall 2017

How will it be funded?

The city has designated $8.5 million from federal exchange dollars administered through INDOT, $2 million from Hamilton County, $1.9 million in federal Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality improvement program funds and will fund the rest from local County Option Income Tax bonds.

Why isn’t Indianapolis helping to pay for these intersection upgrades on its border?

According to the City of Carmel, despite the fact that 96th Street is shared by both Carmel and Indianapolis, state law requires that cities on the north side handle all matters of construction, reconstruction, improvements and maintenance.

How will businesses be affected?

City of Carmel officials have already met with many business owners and plan to meet again with groups of local car dealers, restaurant owners and other business owners to continue outreach and share updated plans. Neighborhood group meetings are also being scheduled for surrounding areas.



  1. But it is funny how the same stenographers, er reporters, that won’t touch my story happily print every press release that says the Mayor sneezed today. Until Janet Yellen joins the CIA coup against Trump and slams the brakes on money supply, the bond buyers won’t catch the mayor’s cold, so no worries. In happy land, where the government schools don’t teach Austrian Business Cycle Theory by Mises and Rothbard, it will just be another crisis that no one saw coming. Hopefully people’s personal balance sheets are stronger than most government ones …

  2. Douglas Kyle on

    — I can’t tell in the photo, but Keystone definitely needs to be six lanes before it hits the 96th Street bridge …. for obvious safety reasons people need to be in the correct lane way before the reach I-465 …. last minute lane changes are extremely hazardous.

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