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Posted on: July 28, 2021

116th Street fully opens ahead of schedule after Nickel Plate Trail tunnel construction

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116th Street in downtown Fishers fully reopened to four lanes of traffic today after the completion of the Nickel Plate Trail tunnel. Upon completion of the Nickel Plate Trail, slated for Spring 2022, pedestrians will access the trail via the tunnel to provide safe passage beneath 116th Street.
 
 116th Street from east of Municipal Drive to west of Maple Street has been closed since June 1, 2021, for the tunnel construction. The reopening was scheduled for August 1, but despite the nearly record rainfalls the past two months, the project moved ahead of schedule and 116th Street reopened to a single lane of traffic two weeks early on July 17.

I’m incredibly proud of our Engineering team and Meyer Najem Construction for completing this project so quickly so we could ease the impact on our community,” said Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness. “Their detailed planning and coordination were key to the efficient completion of this project, and I look forward to debuting the tunnel and downtown portion of the trail to our residents next spring.”

“From day one, Meyer Najem has been committed to improvement, and our schedule is no exception,” said Meyer Najem Construction’s senior project manager, Matt Shultz. “Through extensive coordination and constant communication with our trades, owner agents, and Fishers’ staff, we have been able to open the main traffic artery through the heart of Fishers over two weeks early. We identified some seemingly small areas that allowed us to greatly speed up the project and through the hard work of all involved, we managed to pull it off. There is still a lot of work ahead of us to finish this showpiece in downtown Fishers, but we are excited to hit this milestone early.”

Construction in the area related to the downtown development projects will impact the roadway at various times in August and September. Beginning the week of August 9, lane restrictions will be in effect on 116th Street for final asphalt surface placement at the Nickel Plate Trail. Access to Fishers Center Drive from 116th Street will be closed for gas line relocation from 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and tie-in work the weeks of August 9 and September 6. Access to Municipal Drive from Lantern Road will be closed the week of August 30 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for additional gas line relocation. Detour routes will be publicized ahead of those closures.

More information about the Nickel Plate Trail project is available at playfishers.com/NickelPlateTrail.

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