INDOT plans $11M I-69 improvement between 116th Street, I-465

Project expected to finish by end of year

FISHERS, Ind. - The Indianapolis Department of Transportation plans to add travel lanes to Interstate 69 between 116th Street in Fishers and Interstate 465 to combat a congestion problem.

Workers will add a southbound lane and add lanes to make it easier for traffic to enter and exit heavily traveled 82nd, 96th and 116th street ramps.

Commuters are familiar with the congestion in the area and agree that work needs to be done.

"North during rush hour, it's like you don't even go that way anymore because it's just like crazy," said Zack McLuckie.

Driver Brittany Stankavich said she also avoids the area altogether.

"I try to avoid it at all cost because it's just backed up for what seems like miles," Stankavich said.

With thousands of people making this commute daily, drivers said traveling in rush hour traffic not only makes them lose time but patience.

"I try to avoid that area even if it is going to cost me a little more time, just the aggravation of having people cut in front of you," said Terri Switzer.

State leaders say the $11 million project is part of Operation Indy Commute and is as an answer to Hamilton County's growth.

The improvements should be in place by the end of 2013.

INDOT wants feedback from the public before making the plans final.

They'll be hosting a public open house Monday from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Fishers Train Station. Project team members will be available to answer questions, and a formal presentation on the project will be given.


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