Current in Fishers caught up with Fishers Director of Engineering Jeff Hill, as well as Town Manager Scott Fadness and Director of Communications Maura Leon-Barber at the end of December to find out what commuters should expect on the thoroughfares in 2013.
Project: Allisonville Road and 96th Street “Michigan Left”
What to expect: Hill said if there were warm spells during the winter, crews might be out getting sidewalk work done. The contractors responsible for lighting and signals will be out in the winter continuing work, but the contractor responsible for the overall project won’t be back out until March. According to Hill, about 65-70 percent of the pavement work is complete. The hard deadline for the project is in May.
Project: 135th Place
What to expect: Both the roundabout and connector between Ind. 37 and Britton Park Road are open. At 135th Place and Ind. 37 is a new stoplight that Hill and Fadness said should link most of the time with the stoplight at 131st Street. Hill said the light should almost always be green, in theory, until development at Fishers Marketplace increases demand.
Project: Roundabout at 106th Street and Crosspoint Boulevard
What to expect: Fadness said the new roundabout was unlikely to be constructed in 2013. He said the roundabout would be packaged with the new interchange and bridge over I-69. That project won’t go into full swing until late 2014 or early 2015. The town now has to do the required studies and meet federal requirements for the interchange.
Project: Fall Creek and Brooks School Road roundabout
What to expect: Work has already started at the intersection. Hill said trees had been cleared for utility relocation and water and gas line work would continue this month. The project also includes resurfacing Fall Creek Road from 96th Street to the bridge at the marina, with a total budget of $1.1 million. A HAWK Beacon crossing system for pedestrians will be built west of the roundabout, as well. Overall completion is set for the end of June in time for Blast on the Bridge on July 4.
Project: Trails initiative
What to expect: Hill said in 2013 town staff was going to be identifying gaps in trails around town that could be completed in house. He said segments already in the right of way were going to be part of a list of projects for 2013, while projects that were more difficult or more costly would be identified for 2014 and years after. Trail projects that can’t be handled by the town will be hired out.
Project: Adaptive Signal System
What to expect: The system that would be installed for signals on 116th Street, including the ramps to get on and off of I-69, is meant to reduce queues and make improvements in staggering of green lights according to Hill is in the design phase so it can be a reality in the summer.