Nickel Plate Trail

By the Community, For the Community

In 2018, we asked the community to help us turn the Nickel Plate railway into a whole new kind of public space by sharing their ideas and suggestions for the Fishers portion of the Nickel Plate Trail.

Between an online suggestion box, community events, activities and think tanks, and the incredible effort by our local schools, that simple request resulted in an outpouring of support. We asked people to "be bold, be original and be heard," and they were!

In 2019, the City unveiled the Nickel Plate Trail Master Plan, a long-range master plan for the one-a-kind public space that featured ideas from residents, students, community groups, and more. The plan was created by the Nickel Plate Trail Master Planning Committee comprised of Fishers residents and community leaders, in collaboration with NBBJ and Ex2 Partners. Check out the Master Plan.

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Trail Construction 

In 2020, paving was completed on the portions of the trail between 131st Street and North Street, and South Street to 106th Street. These paved portions are now open for pedestrian and bicycle access. Motorized vehicles are prohibited.

The City of Fishers began construction on the Nickel Plate Trail pedestrian tunnel beneath 116th Street on June 1. 

106th Street will serve as the detour route during tunnel construction, with the detour beginning at Hague Road for eastbound thru traffic and Lantern Road for the westbound thru traffic. View the detour map .

The tunnel will complete the trail connection through downtown Fishers, joining South Street and North Street, and establishing a full connection from 106th Street to 131st Street. While the tunnel is under construction, a pedestrian detour route will provide access through downtown between the north and south sections of the trail. View the detour map.

Learn more about the project with this interview with Fishers Magazine, and this podcast from Larry in Fishers

Seize the Summer in the NPD

There may be construction on 116th Street, but the doors are open to shop, dine, play, and explore downtown Fishers as our community comes back together for a summer of fun, tradition, and memory-making. Support local with the district’s unique shopping and dining options, get the season’s freshest picks at the award-winning Fishers Farmers’ Market, cool off with Monsoon Madness at Holland Park, celebrate the summer at Spark!Fishers, or enjoy a concert under the stars at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater. Fishers Parks has planned a full lineup of summer events. Learn more at

Business Access

All local business access and public parking remains open during the closure. Check out the maps below to find out how to access your favorite local business during the closure.

Support local and join us for the Shop Fishers: Summer Series on July 16-23. Take advantage of special promotions and discounts at shops and restaurants around the Nickel Plate District. See Nickel Plate District businesses' deals here. 

North of 116th Street

South of 116th Street

Project Renderings & Construction Photos

Follow along during the tunnel construction as project updates and aerial photos are shared throughout the summer.

Tunnel Entrance

Pedestrians and cyclists on the trail will enter the tunnel from North Street and South Street (South Street entrance shown below). Currently, crews are completing construction of the retaining walls approaching the tunnel. In the aerial photo, you can begin to see the terraced planters taking shape on the eastern wall (right side of tunnel approach). Consistent with NPT Master Plan, the terraced wall is designed to make the trail feel open and inviting as you approach the tunnel. In the rendering, the planned hotel is shown just east of the trail(right side of the rendering).

Southern Side

Monumental Stairs

Concrete stairs with a built-in bike ramp below the handrail will allow pedestrians and cyclists to access the trail at 116th Street. The monumental stairs and seating immediately next to the concrete steps will be finished with composite decking and will provide seating overlooking the trail-level plaza, the perfect spot for live music, special events, and community gatherings. access to the trail-level plaza is provided by the trail itself and accessible viewing spots for events are provided at the top of the monumental stairs. We’ve also added lighting and charging stations so guests can plug in their phones and laptops. Construction of the monumental stairs and plaza will be complete in Fall 2021.

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Monumental Stairs

Pedestrian Bridge

A pedestrian bridge above the tunnel exit on the north side of 116th Street will connect the existing train platform to the new Nickel Plate Station plaza, which is currently under construction behind the former Nickel Plate Bar & Grill restaurant. In this area, the sidewalk on the north side of 116th Street has been and will continue to be narrow due to the proximity of the restaurant. In addition to offering plaza space for gatherings and community events, the bridge will provide an important east-west connection through the Nickle Plate District off 116th Street. To the east (right side of picture) in both renderings, the new Nickel Plate Station project is shown. Nearly two years in advance, the City and the developer coordinated efforts to utilize the west foundation wall of that project as the east retaining wall for the trail in this area. The renderings also show large porch-like swings under the train platform, which are planned for future phases of improvements in this section of the trail.

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Stay Up To Date

Stay up to date with the progress of the Nickel Plate Trail and the tunnel construction by checking back at this page during construction for photos and other updates. You can also follow along on Twitter at @DriveFishers or sign up for the weekly Drive Fishers newsletter here.

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