By Renee Larr
Construction began in April on the Cheeney Creek Trail in Fishers. The trail, expected to be completed by June 2016, will connect Cheeney Creek Park to the Nickel Plate District. The trail will also be compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act standards.
“It’s a little bit of a lengthy process, but this trail when completed will be completely ADA accessible,” Fishers public relations and marketing manager Casey Cawthon said. “It’s an 8-foot-wide trail. In some places it’s 10 feet wide. It’s going to run from 106th Street along Cheeney Creek Natural Area and then connect to the Nickel Plate District.
For a city with trails at every turn, this is one part of Fishers that is lacking appropriate areas for walkers and bikers.
“So what’s exciting is it’s going to really add connectivity right there in a place that doesn’t have any currently,” Cawthon said. “From Cheeney Creek to the Nickel Plate District there is nothing. It’s a really tight space, so it’s uncomfortable for bikes and pedestrians to get through safely. So once complete, this trail will really address that.
The project is partially funded by the Transportation Enhancement Grant from the Indiana Department of Transportation.
“This phase of the project is $535,000,” Cawthon said. “The city is funding $107,000 and the rest is being covered through the transportation enhancement grant through INDOT.”
Once completed, Fishers will host a community event for residents in the area to enjoy.
“We don’t have any details on it yet, but we’re looking forward to hosting some kind of community celebration,” Cawthon said.
For more information on the trail visit fishers.in.us.