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How Fishers will handle IKEA traffic

Posted at 9:29 AM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 18:23:55-04

FISHERS, Ind. -- With the excitement of the new IKEA coming to Fishers also comes concern about the traffic in the area.

Fishers traffic is already notoriously bad during the commuting hours. People who live near the new IKEA are concerned it could get even worse.

But Fishers officials say they've planned for this. They are partnering with INDOT for infrastucture improvements.

Fishers is adding traffic signals and extra turn lanes to 116th Street. INDOT also plans on adding more lanes to I-69 north of the 116th Street exit. 

On IKEA's opening day Wednesday, there will be traffic consultants and the Department of Public Safety monitoring the flow. They'll help with adjusting signal times to make sure as many drivers get through the lights as possible.

Extra police officers will be on hand to direct drivers. 

Drivers leaving IKEA will have to turn right onto 116th Street and use the new interchange. 

But for people who live in the area, Jeff Hill, the Fishers director of engineering, is suggesting trying other routes.

"If there's an opportunity for folks to get to their home or business or wherever they're going in Fishers and they don't need to come to 116th Street, we certainly have those other avenues to ingress and egress from I-69," Hill said. "Whether it's 96th Street, 106th Street, or even going up [State Road] 37 or Exit 210."

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