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.
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.
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.
North of 116th Street
South of 116th Street
- South Street, Lantern Road & Moore Lane
- Manship Lane
- Fishers Town Center (Fishers Center Drive)
- Fishers Town Commons (Fishers Pointe Boulevard)
Project Renderings & Construction Photos
Follow along during the tunnel construction as project updates and aerial photos are shared throughout the summer.
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. 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.
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. Accessible 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. Construction of the monumental stairs and plaza will be complete in Fall 2021.
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 in both renderings, the new Nickel Plate Station project is shown. 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.
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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