Project to alleviate traffic on north side ‘on track,’ engineer says

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FISHERS, Ind. -- Anyone who drives on the north side of Indianapolis knows it can be frustrating, but officials say some relief is on the way.

The city of Fishers hosted a meeting Wednesday night, where officials updated residents on progress on State Road 37.

The heavily-traveled corridor will be reconfigured with elevated roundabouts instead of stop lights, much like Carmel's Keystone Parkway.

"It’s getting very, very crowded," Fishers resident Mike Treacy said.

Treacy, who moved to his home near 131st Street almost 30 years ago, said that it has become difficult to get around during peak hours.

"I think this is definitely going to be an improvement, long overdue," Treacy said.

It'll take time, though. The project is scheduled to begin construction in 2018.

Fishers' Director of Engineering Jeff Hill said that given all the work it takes to plan such a huge project, it's on track as scheduled.

"It will help reduce commute times and it will improve east west connectivity in the community," Hill said.

The project is the latest in a series of huge changes for Fishers, where construction is plentiful. That includes construction on the new IKEA, which will draw people from across the state.

Council member Rich Block said that while the city if focused on bringing in big business, it gets that it comes at a cost.

"I wouldn’t say growth is our goal, there is a balance that has to be maintained," Block said. "We recognize our infrastructure is important because we’ve been so fast growing."

If you want to know more about the State Road 37 project or get updates on its progress, go to the link here.

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