Fishers, state compromise on plan to add sidewalks to busy bridge

FISHERS, Ind. — After neighbors pushed the state to add sidewalks to a bridge connecting Fishers and Noblesville, a compromise has been reached.

In a statement, an Indiana Department of Transportation spokesperson said that pedestrian access would be added to the Brooks School Road bridge next year.

INDOT demolished the bridge earlier this summer as part of larger I-69 corridor improvements. Neighbors told FOX59 that they assumed the new bridge would include sidewalks, and were shocked when they learned it would not.

Brooks School Road in that area connects Fishers to the popular Hamilton Town Center shopping area in Noblesville. New sidewalks were installed on the Noblesville side, leaving the bridge as the only portion in the corridor without pedestrian access.

The city of Fishers and INDOT told FOX59 last month that they were working together to figure out if any options could be explored last-minute to add sidewalks. INDOT said, ultimately, it could not add them now without pushing back the project, which has closed the bridge through summer.

The compromise includes a plan to make temporary modifications to the bridge, so that pedestrian access can be added next year.

Here is the full statement released by INDOT:

The city of Fishers and Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), with design-build partners Milestone Contractors and United Consulting, have thoroughly reviewed the bridge design at Brooks School Road over Interstate 69 and options for adding pedestrian access. Bridge deck construction will continue as planned, and construction of pedestrian access will resume next year.

Completing the reconstruction of the bridge deck as planned will allow the bridge to be open for vehicular traffic this fall, which is important to many stakeholders in the area. Meanwhile, temporary modifications will be made that will allow for an addition to widen the bridge, which is necessary to accommodate pedestrian access and requires additional time to design and build.

INDOT is dedicated to providing safe and accessible transportation for all Hoosiers. INDOT has been working with the city of Fishers and concerned local residents to reach this decision, which we believe will satisfy all parties.