NPT Tunnel FAQs

During construction of the tunnel, where is the road closure going to occur?
 
116th Street will be closed from east of Municipal Drive to west of Maple Street for the construction of the Nickel Plate Trail pedestrian tunnel. The tunnel will complete the Nickel Plate Trail connection through downtown Fishers, establishing a full connection from 106th Street to 131st Street.  

How long will 116th Street be closed?
The closure will begin on or after June 1 and is anticipated to last 60 days. All local business and public parking access will remain open during this time.

What’s the best way to access City Hall, the NPD AMP, and the Municipal Complex during the closure?
Check out the suggested route map here. The City of Fishers and Fishers Parks are hosting many free events around the Nickel Plate District this summer, including the Fishers Farmers’ Market, Summer Concert Series, and Spark!Fishers. There is ample free parking at parking garages around the Municipal Complex, including the Switch Garage, the Edge Garage, the Depot Garage, the Fishers Police Station Garage, and the Spark Apartments Garage. View the parking map here.

How do I access local businesses in downtown Fishers?
The closure is only from east of Municipal Drive to west of Maple Street, so for most businesses, you will access the same way you always do. You can view business access maps here (coming soon).To get around the closure from the east or west, use the detour route along 106th Street. You can view the detour map here.

Can I access downtown Fishers from the trail during the closure?
Yes! The trail is paved and open from 131st Street to North Street and from South Street to 106th Street. During the closure, you can use the pedestrian detour route here.

When will the tunnel be open?
The construction of the tunnel beneath 116th Street is an exciting step for the Nickel Plate Trail project. The current development surrounding the downtown portion of the trail is still under construction, preventing the full opening of the trail and tunnel in downtown Fishers. The tunnel is estimated to be open for pedestrian use in Spring 2022 as the downtown development project concludes.

What’s happening with the Nickel Plate Bar & Grill?
The building of the former Nickel Plate Bar & Grill is being preserved during the construction process of the downtown development project. The City’s goal is to keep this building as a restaurant, now with a prominent new location alongside the trail.

How is the Nickel Plate Trail project being funded?
The City of Fishers is using a variety of traditional infrastructure improvement funding methods including bonds and Parks operating budgets. Additionally, the City is seeking state and federal grants to support the completion of the trail.

What is the cost for Fishers’ portion of the Nickel Plate Trail?
To date, the asphalt trail from 106th Street to South Street and from North Street to 131st, including crossings, has cost approximately $3.25 million. The ongoing work in downtown from South Street to North Street, including the tunnel, is projected to cost approximately $13.75 million.   

What are the different phases of the NPT construction in Fishers?

• Phase 1: 106th Street to 131st Street, not including the downtown area from South Street to North Street, was completed in late 2020.

• Phase 2: The downtown portion of the NPT including the pedestrian tunnel at 116th Street is estimated to be complete in Spring 2022.

• Future Phases: Portions of 96th to 106th Street (including a crossing at 96th Street) and from 131st to 146th Street will be completed as future funding sources are identified.

How can I stay up to date with the project?
Sign up to receive email updates here and follow along with @DriveFishers on Twitter for updates. Check back to this page throughout the construction for updates and current construction photos.