Might as well -- you know what the late bird gets? Maybe nothing, if the early birds were hungry enough. With all the road repair work going on, I'm the "late bird" far too often. I'm having to duck clear across Meridian Street, and even the one-way streets on that side are often down a lane due to work here and there.
In theory, Meridian, the main route into downtown from the north,* is paralleled by a number of one-way thoroughfares but they're very much creatures of their day, packed with houses, apartments, schools and churches. And construction -- apartment construction on Central Avenue (and along 16th Street) has been moderating traffic speeds far more effectively than signage for about a year.
That may be a "hidden benefit" to all the construction. Too many of us drive too quickly in town -- me all too often among them. And there's another reason to get moving earlier.
* Indianapolis doesn't have a north-south limited-access highway. U.S. 31 is an old "blue highway" and officially ducks around the city on I-465. Since 465 closely approximates the county boundary, that leaves a lot of town to get through on surface streets. Old 31 is a fine road, two lanes in both directions; around 56th Street, it reverts to lanes that were wide for a Ford Model A and stays that way all the way through the city center. The parallel one-way routes generally have wider lanes and slower posted speed limits.
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