Years in the making, a $126 million plan to overhaul Ind. 37 in Fishers and Noblesville with roundabout interchanges has broken ground.
On Sept. 9, a litany of stakeholders, including officials from the Indiana Dept. of Transportation, Noblesville, Fishers and Hamilton County gathered to ceremonially put shovels in the ground at 126th Street and Ind. 37, the intersection serving as the backdrop for the groundbreaking.
It is estimated that more than 50,000 vehicles travel the north-south corridor each day, and with construction, county and state officials said though lanes will be limited, the road will remain open through construction, which is expected to last just more than two years, ending in November 2022.
“While major road construction isn’t easy on any of us, the benefits far outweigh the inconvenience,” said Fishers City Council President Rich Block. At the groundbreaking ceremony, Block stood in for Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness, who was sick. “At the end of this project, we’ll have a major thoroughfare that allows for safer pedestrian access, enhanced access to business and will alleviate the congestions were see here on a daily basis.
“From my own personal experience, I really truly know that in so many cases to even access the businesses along (Ind.) 37 for a number of years, it’s just been difficult, so I really believe, in the long run, this will be terrific for our community.”
The first phase of the project will remove stoplight interchanges in Fishers, beginning at 126th Street and working north to 146th Street. The end result will be a roadway similar to Keystone Parkway in Carmel with east-west interchanges crossing over Ind. 37.
“This is one of the most important projects to happen in Hamilton County in all my years in office,” Hamilton County Commissioner Steve Dillinger said. “They say government moves slow, and it obviously does…We understand what a challenge this is going to be over the next few years – any road project is – but we firmly believe that when this project is finished, the economic corridor will benefit greatly, as will the public itself. It’s amazing what can be done when public entities work together for the betterment of the entire community. I do believe this project will be as important to the eastern part of Hamilton County as Keystone and (U.S.) 31 was to the western part of the county.”