Roundabouts suggested to curb congestion on SR37

HAMILTON COUNTY (WISH) – Local leaders say a six mile stretch of road between Noblesville and Fishers could be easier to travel with roundabouts.

A proposal to improve that roadway for drivers would be by installing roundabouts and it is something currently being discussed.

A Hamilton County commissioner 24-Hour News 8 spoke with on Tuesday night said that something has to be done in order to reduce traffic congestion on State Road 37.

Christine Altman said the problem is not just heavy traffic volume on 37, it’s the fact that the traffic going east-west at several intersections doesn’t get to cross 37 as efficiently as it should either.

Altman says there are three ways to address the problem, they could do nothing, Hamilton County could find the funding and have control of the design of roundabouts or they could leave it in the hands of INDOT to make improvements.

“We have intersections that are operating at C to D level, the study Purdue said within five years we would have failing intersections if we do nothing,” said Altman.

This project would be a joint effort between the county, Noblesville, Fishers and INDOT. It is expected to cost about $243 million.

There are nine intersections along state road 37 that would be fixed by this project, but this is still years away.

Altman said work wouldn’t begin until 2019.

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