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 will begin construction on the Nickel Plate Trail pedestrian tunnel beneath 116th Street on or after June 1. 116th Street will be closed from east of Municipal Drive to west of Maple Street during the construction. The closure is anticipated to last 60 days. All local business access will remain open. 

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.

Seize the Summer in the NPD

 116th Street may be closed, 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 playfishers.com.

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.

Sign up to receive email updates here.

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1500+ ideas submitted by the community
30+ stakeholder meetings
200+ hse students involved