New traffic light system coming to Fishers

FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) — The town Fishers is installing what it calls smart signals that should allow drivers to get through red lights faster.

Crews are working on changing the lights over right now. Sensors at a traffic light — either a camera on the light itself or sensors underground — detect traffic. The lights then adjust so traffic moves more efficiently.

Each light alerts others down the road, and the process continues down the line.

The change will be made at 39 locations in the following corridors:

  • 116th Street from Allisonville Road to Brooks School Road
  • Allisonville Road from 96th Street to 141st Street
  • 96th Street from Allisonville Road to Lantern Road

Fishers Town Manager Scott Fadness said the city is also in talks with surrounding communities about installing the light systems.

“Our roads don’t end at the borders of Fishers,” Fadness said. “What we would like to do is coordinate with all the communities around here so that we have one seamless system that really allows for optimal traffic flow throughout the whole metropolitan area.”

A city engineer can remotely control the system in an emergency or during special events, Fadness said.

This is a $2.4 million project. Of that, $400,000 was funded through local dollars. The other $2 million came from an Indiana Department of Transportation grant because fewer cars waiting means less gas emissions.

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