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Contact: Nancy Heck 
   E-Mail: nheck@carmel.in.gov
    Phone: (317) 571-2494
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Nancy Heck 
The Department of Community Relations


City of Carmel
One Civic Square Carmel, IN 46032

News Release

Date:           July 14th, 2006
Contact:
      Nancy Heck (317) 571-2494
Release:
     Immediate

 

City of Carmel Receives 2006 City Livability Award for Roundabouts

Carmel, IN –The City of Carmel has been awarded Honorable Mention in the 2006 City Livability Awards Program, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Waste Management.

The awards recognized and honor mayors for exemplary leadership in developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in America’s cities. An independent panel of judges, selected by The U.S. Conference of Mayors, determined the winning cities from a pool of 250 applicants based on three criteria: mayoral leadership, creativity and innovation, and broad impact on the quality of life for residents.

When Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard saw the population growing and the Carmel citizen’s dependence on their vehicles increasing, he began lobbying for the installation of roundabouts by promoting their proven safety record, cost savings, environmental friendliness and ability to smooth traffic flow.

Carmel began installing roundabouts at some intersections in 1996 and now has 20 on city thoroughfares. The Carmel Police Department has reported a significant drop in the seriousness of injuries and dollar value of damages suffered by motorists in roundabout accidents ($3,000 – $3,500) vs. right angled intersections ($7,900 - $14,800). In addition to saving taxpayers money by installing roundabouts, it’s estimated that residents burn 470,000 fewer gallons of gas equaling approximately $11,750,000 per year in out-of-pocket expenses.

The City Livability Awards were presented at the Conference of Mayors’ Annual Luncheon by Mr. Barry Caldwell, Senior Vice President, Governmental Affairs and corporate Communications of Waste Management, the nation’s largest provider of waste management services. Waste Management’s support makes the City Livability Awards Program possible.

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