INDOT unveils traffic remedy for Fishers bottleneck

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Every year traffic along Interstate 69 in Hamilton County gets worse as Fishers and Noblesville continue to grow.  INDOT unveiled a new plan to ease the congestion, but not everyone is sure it will work.

Rush hour traffic is brought to a stand-still, at the same spot along I-69 near Fishers.  Judy Anderson has a front-row seat.

“It is hard hearing all the crashes, and the slamming of the breaks,” said Anderson.

Anderson has lived along the interstate for almost 29 years.  She is cautiously optimistic about this latest improvement.

“I like the meetings,” said Anderson.  “Last meeting I was at, I mentioned something about the turn lanes on 116th Street.  The next day they were up.”

The project will be the first of its kind in Central Indiana.  It is modeled after a federal plan designed to get rid of bottlenecks.  The project features auxiliary lanes, if a driver needed to go from 82nd to 96th, the driver would not have to get on the busy interstate.  There is also a two-lane fly-over ramp, with the goal of making it easier to jump off Highway 37.

People who live in Fishers got to learn more about the challenges ahead and the work aimed at fixing them Monday.

“We want to let them know that we are trying to minimize that impact as much as possible,” said INDOT Spokesman Nathan Riggs,  “telling them the schedule, letting them know what to anticipate can help ease some of those concerns.”

Riggs said it will take some getting use to for drivers.  Residents like Eric Edwards said he worried this traffic plan may not be enough to solve this growing area’s problems.

Yes,” said Edwards.  “Will it be good enough? Probably not, but better, by definition is better.  We are optimistic that it will improve, but we recognize the difficulty every city has.”

More information about the roadwork is available online.

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