Major road projects in Central Indiana could see some delays. Town of Fishers officials tell Fox59 they have had trouble with underground utility lines.
Work is underway in Fishers at the intersection of 96th Street and Allisonville Road. The intersection is being reconstructed to help with traffic flow. Drivers will not be able to make a left turn. Instead, they will have to drive through the intersection, make a U-turn and reenter the intersection.
"Please, please make it better," said Shirley Black.
Fishers town officials said the intersection will be better for drivers once construction is complete, but utility lines underground--some they did not know about--have impaired progress.
"Throughout the spring and early summer, we saw issues various issues throughout the process, and we're in constant contact with the utilities to try to get that alleviated," said Scott Fadness, Fishers Town Manager.
It is now unclear if the contractor will meet his November 30 deadline. Fadness said he is hopeful.
"Our hope is to have all of the lanes open and safe for traffic this year," he said. But Fadness also said if they have to keep one lane closed for safety, they will.
They had already planned to finish some of the work in the spring.
Indiana Department of Transportation officials learned of a recent problem that could delay the Allisonville Road Bridge project. Over the weekend, a water main broke. A temporary fix is in place, but the repair could take two to three weeks.
"There was a ruptured water main on the south side of the bridge," said Nathan Rigs, an INDOT spokesperson. "There's still lots of work to do."
The schedule calls for a 110-day deadline that ends next Sunday. The goal was to close down the bridge and finish the work sooner so holiday shoppers are not affected.
The potential impact of the water main repair on construction is unclear.
INDOT is expected to announce an addition to the bridge project this week. Crews will repave a westbound lane of I-465 that has been crumbling. That project is expected to take a month, and Fox59 was told most of the work will happen at night.