The Commute


With winter winds hitting Fishers, construction is slowing down.

“On our capital projects, there are no traffic pattern changes or switches in the next couple of weeks,” Jeff Hill, Town of Fishers director of engineering, said.

Project:  AT&T utility work at St. George Orthodox Church frontage

Status: Hill said the only possible looming project in the coming weeks was taking place on 116th Street at the St. George Orthodox Church construction site east of I-69.

“The utility contractor states that they can perform this work all from behind the curb, but it is possible that they would have to take a lane during the daytime hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to perform some work, but this is not for certain yet,” he said.

Project: INDOT work on I-69 and two-lane flyover

Status: Nathan Riggs, media relations director at INDOT Greenfield district, said much of the work timeline on I-69 and the new flyover for Ind. 37 was tentative. There hasn’t been much progress recently as snow and temperatures haven’t been on construction’s side.

Riggs said the next step for INDOT was to pour the bridge deck, the concrete and reinforcing steel that sits atop steel girders and the beams holding it up, for the flyover, but to get that done construction crews need multiple days, even a week, of air temperatures in the 40’s with lows in the upper 20’s.

There are many conditions to factor in, including weather, and the earliest the new bridge would open is mid-February – a “best case scenario,” he said.

Riggs said the overall goal was to get all northbound work done by the end of March, but like other aspects of construction, inclement weather could pose a problem.

Once the northbound work is done, INDOT will start working on the southbound side.

INDOT is also looking to award the Mainline contract, which is for an added travel lane on the median side of southbound I-69 between exit 205 and I-465, as well as auxiliary lanes for the 82nd, 96th and 116th Street interchanges, by the end of the month, according to Riggs.