FISHERS, Ind. (April 4, 2016) - Construction for a new interchange along 106th Street at Interstate 69 begins Monday. INDOT officials warn drivers to prepare for street closures and some delays during the project.
Crews will eventually remove the bridge over I-69 and replace it with two separate two-lane bridges, which will each carry traffic in one direction. In order to make that happen, 106th Street will be closed starting Monday, April 11. Drivers are asked to use Allisonville Road, 96th Street and Latern Road as a detour. The street closure is expected to last for the rest of the year.
INDOT officials say the project is necessary due the rapid growth in Fishers. The city is now the eighth most populated community in the state.
"Lots of growth and development of the last few years," said Nate Riggs, INDOT. "Those existing interchanges are just over capacity. Too much traffic for the infrastructure that is there."
INDOT, the city of Fishers and Hamilton County are all contributing funds to the $21.7 million project. The city and county are providing $12 million for the new interchange.
While drivers know congestion is a major issue, some worry another construction project is simply going to make getting around tougher.
Randie Miller uses 106th Street for his daily commute. He said he now has to prepare for a big adjustment.
"Probably just having to take off a little earlier and be patient," Miller said. "I guess that's the keyword because everything is going to be slower for at least a while."
There is already construction along 96th Street. So, drivers like Jody Ash say the detour from 106th is going to increase congestion.
"Traffic is terrible," Ash said. " You don't go anywhere between 4 and 6:30."
According to INDOT, the new interchange is also a way to address driver safety at 106th Street. Data from 2010 to 2012 shows more than half of the crashes that occurred at the 96th Street and 116th Street interchanges were rear-end crashes. The additional interchange at 106th aims to ease congestion in those areas.