FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) - Get ready for more construction on I-69 in Fishers.
Monday, the town of Fishers revealed its plan for a new exit ramp from Interstate 69.
The plan, approved by the Town Council tonight, will devote a total of $10 million in local funds toward the project. The town's press release reports $8 million will come from the town itself, after a bond issue. $2 million will come from Hamilton County.
When it's all completed, officials hope to eliminate the congestion that builds up in the area.
Town Manager Scott Faultless said the new ramp "will reap dividends in economic development and reduced travel on Town streets."
"I think this is a game changer for our community and I'm more than excited to have this project," said a Fishers Town Councilor.
The roundabout interchange looks similar to what city of Carmel has done.
Will Wingfield with INDOT said the same contractor will be working on the project.
"This exit is focused on improving traffic for the local street network; opening up areas for economic development that's important in this economy," Wingfield said.
During rush hour, traffic on 106th Street and I-69 is at a standstill, officials said building this interchange will alleviate some of that and commuters agree.
"On this interstate, any point, it's just terrible," said Scott Foxworthy of Fishers.
Foxworthy and his friend Daniel Molitor work in the heart of the area. Foxworthy said this interchange is going to make a big difference for them and motorists.
"Heading south in the morning is dreadful and heading back north in the evening is terrible as well," he said.
Earlier Monday, Dan Cannon, the President of the Fishers Chamber of Commerce, told 24-Hour-News 8: "You have Sally Mae there with a lot of employees that come on and off the interstate so I think it is very positive. The more opportunity to get off the interstate and onto I-69 is beneficial for business, it's beneficial for the Fishers community. "
For motorist who use the area already and are dealing with the construction at 116th Street, don't worry. Fishers Town Officials said this project won't get started until late 2014 or early 2015.
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