FISHERS, Ind. (Dec. 29, 2015) - More than 165,000 drivers funnel through the interchange, which is notorious for its congestion. Gov. Mike Pence and INDOT announced today that they intend to spend an additional $50 million to improve the I-465/I-69 interchange. With all the growth and traffic in Fishers and Noblesville, some say this could be a figurative light at the end of the corridor, others say it's well overdue.
"The interchange was built decades before some of the explosive growth in Fishers, Noblesville, and elsewhere in Hamilton County," said Will Wingfield with INDOT. "So this will help to accommodate the existing growth and also plan for the future."
The plan for construction is to first widen I-465 further to I-69. Then, crews will add a flyover ramp, taking two lanes of eastbound 465 onto northbound I-69.
However, the project is still years away.
"We anticipate bidding a contract in late 2019, and then construction would begin in 2020 if everything stays on schedule," said Wingfield.
The area has noticeably grown quickly with residents and business. Back in November, home retail store IKEA announced plans to build a location in Fishers.
"I think we’re going to see some real tangible progress on that corridor," said Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness. "So we’re pretty excited about the announcement."
Some argue the congestion relief is long overdue. But in the short run, traffic could get worse before it get better.
"We do have to provide for new infrastructure otherwise we are going to have continued gridlock and a serious quality of life for our residents," said Fadness. "So I think that this is building for the future to say the least."