HAMILTON COUNTY (WISH) — Commuters in Hamilton County constantly deal with rush hour traffic jams on State Road 37, between Interstate 69 and Indiana 38. Workers and drivers say they get stuck in backups spanning multiple intersections during the morning and evening rush hours.
“In the morning and the evening, it backs up and it extends your drive time by 20 to 30 minutes,” said County Councilman Brad Beaver.
Now, the Hamilton County Commissioners and County Council are discussing a proposal to build a new interstate with roundabouts on that stretch of SR 37. The project would be similar to the roundabouts on Keystone Avenue in Carmel.
Some people that work off SR 37 say the project would help alleviate much of the traffic and help business.
“Nothing is more frustrating than getting stuck at multiple red lights. So, just being able to pull up to an intersection and see people going through and noticing that there is a fluid movement of traffic in this intersection can ease your mind and make you less frustrated,” said USA Fireworks employee Tyler Wheeler.
Not everyone supports the roundabouts. Some businesses in the area think the roundabouts could actually hurt business.
“People are going to be zooming right by and they’re not even going to notice the businesses that are close by,” said Michelle Baker, who works at Ciao Bella Salon on SR 27.
Baker thinks the long construction period would also be a detriment to business.
“Traffic around here is going to be a nightmare and I feel like people are going to complain about that,” said Baker.
The project would cost $243 million dollars. County leaders are discussing how to come up with the funding.
County Council President Rick McKinney told 24-Hour News 8 the first priority is to nail down state funding, then Fishers and finally Noblesville. Once the county can determine how much each entity is able to contribute, leaders can make a final decision on the project.
INDOT said it will consider the project, but expects local government to do the heavy-lifting when it comes to funding since it is a local project.