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How to detour around 2-month closure of 116th Street in Fishers

How to detour around 2-month closure of 116th Street in Fishers


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Traffic is about to get tricky in Fishers.

Workers on Tuesday will shut down 116th Street near the Municipal Complex for two months to build a tunnel for the Nickel Plate Trail.

The street is the city’s main east-west thoroughfare with 36,000 daily drivers. The shutdown is also close to the suburb’s busiest I-69 interchange. The street will be closed from Lantern Road on the east to Municipal Drive, a distance of a few blocks.

“It is going to have some pain and struggle” for drivers, said city Director of Engineering Jason Taylor. “We just ask that people stay patient.”

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A detour has been set up for eastbound drivers at Hague Road, a mile west of the closure. They will need to take Hague a mile south to eastbound 106th Street and then use Lantern Road to get back to 116th Street.

Westbound drivers can do the reverse: take Lantern south to 106th Street, west to Hague and north to 116th.

Signs will advise drivers that they will still be able to use 116th east of Hague all the way to the construction site to visit local businesses.

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Taylor couldn’t estimate how long delays would be for those using the official detour.

“Traffic is like water, people adjust,” Taylor said. Engineers will lengthen the green lights at 106th and Hague for turning vehicles in both directions and will be ready to adjust as needed, Taylor said.  Temporary stop lights will go up Lantern at North and South streets to prevent back-ups.

Drivers heading to or exiting from I-69 can use the 106th Street interchange. Eastbound drivers heading to destinations on 116th Street east of I-69 can also proceed through the 106th Street interchange and turn north afterward.

The tunnel construction will require work crews to demolish a section of the entire street. The underpass will extend from North Street to South Street, a distance of four blocks, allowing users of the Nickel Plate Trail to avoid crossing 116th Street.

The trail has already been paved from 106th Street to 126th Street.

Some businesses didn’t know what to expect but were hoping for the best.

Businesses affected

Business at Handels Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt, 8760 E. 116th St., is heaviest in June and July, and owner Greg Glaros said he expected business to take a hit.

“We will be impacted, but to what degree we don’t know,” he said.

Business is already down because a large construction project has created a lack of parking nearby, he said.

Across the street, Hotel Nickel Plate is being built, along with a 5-story headquarters for First Internet Bank. Next to Handels will be a  three building complex of 235 apartments, townhomes and businesses. 

Luckily, Glaros said, construction workers like ice cream, too, so that should help. And when the buildings are finished, “it should be great,” he said.

“We’ll have all these new residents and employees so close we’re hoping for a lot of new customers,” Glaros said.

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Published at Mon, 31 May 2021 10:20:36 +0000