Hamilton Co. leaders push for changes to fix problematic area along SR 37

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HAMILTON COUNTY (May 5, 2014)— With construction underway on US 31, Hamilton County leaders are hoping to see orange cones on another major highway out east—State Road 37.

“When you come up to the stoplights, you have to go through four, five stoplights before you can even get through,” said frustrated driver Mike Miller.

County leaders said they’ve been looking at the area for years and believe roundabouts may be the answer. It’s the reason why they’re making a push to get everyone on board.

A recent study showed up to 10 intersections from I-69 to SR 32 with heavy congestion during rush hours. Some intersections, like 126th Street, could end up in gridlock in four years.

“If they can’t get here, they’re not going to come,” said Steve Dillinger, Hamilton County commissioner.

It’s the reason why Hamilton County is reaching out to its municipalities again. County leaders are pushing for a $330 million plan that could convert these problem spots into roundabouts–similar to those at Keystone Avenue in Carmel–and dropping the highway under cross streets in order to keep vehicles moving.

“We don’t do something with those intersections, they will become unsatisfactory serviceable within the next 10 to 15 years,” said Dillinger.

Dillinger said it’s all about economic development, but businesses like Prime Car Wash on SR 37 said it’s too early to tell.

“It might help,” said Alexa Wiedeman with Prime Car Wash. “But I’m not so sure as far as getting people to come through here.”

For the plan to move forward, it would require the support and buy-in from the county, Fishers, Noblesville and INDOT. Hamilton County plans to offer more details to Fishers and Noblesville within the month.