Another Busy Street Construction Week In Fishers

The coming week is a short holiday week, but there is no shortage of road and street projects around Fishers.  Below is the listing from the city for the work week beginning Tuesday, May 31st…..

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ALLISONVILLE ROAD

Lane restrictions will be in place along Allisonville Road between 126th Street and 141st Street for paving activities. Restrictions will go into effect the week of May 30 and flaggers will be onsite to help direct traffic.

CURB REPAIRS

A contractor will be repairing curb ramps in Bluff and Links at Grey Eagle through the coming weeks. Please anticipate periodic lane restrictions in those areas.

FALL CREEK TRAIL

Fall Creek Trail reconstruction work continues; the pedestrian bridges and section of sidewalk along the trail have been removed. Pedestrians should not use the trail within the sections that have been removed. In addition, there will be periodic lane closures along the project throughout the week of May 30th. Please travel with caution, construction barrels have reduced the existing northbound lane width.

I-69 AND CAMPUS PARKWAY

Milestone Contractors has begun mobilizing cranes and other equipment and setting a temporary concrete barrier wall along I-69 at Campus Parkway Exit 210. Work will require alternating lane closures on northbound and southbound I-69 between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Lane closures may recur each night through the end of the week depending on weather and progress. Questions about this project should be directed to INDOT at eastcentralin@indot.in.ugove or 1-855-463-6848.

I-69 TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS

INDOT is overseeing an overnight closure on multiple traffic lanes on I-69 overnight this week to continue demolition of the 106th Street overpass bridge. Weather permitting, lane closures and rolling slowdowns of traffic will begin after 9 p.m. and are expected to end before 6 a.m. the next day. Construction schedules and traffic restrictions are subject to change, and questions should be directed to INDOT at indot.carsporgram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.

PAVING

A contractor will be paving streets on Lantern Road from 131st Street to Harrison Parkway and Conner Knoll throughout the coming weeks. Please anticipate periodic lane restrictions in those areas.

STATE ROAD 37

Various geotechnical work has begun along the State Road 37 corridor. Work will take place starting at the 126th Street intersection. Learn more atwww.Fishers.in.us/SR37.

96th STREET AND CUMBERLAND ROAD

The Hamilton County Highway Department has closed 96th Street and Cumberland Road for 100 calendar days in order to construct a roundabout at this intersection. Anyone with concerns about this project should call 773-7770. Please visit www.Fishers.in.us/DriveFishers to view a detour map. The tentative completion date for this project is June 30, 2016.

96th STREET AND LANTERN ROAD

Contractors will begin clearing the right-of-way around the intersection of 96th Street and Lantern Road. Lane restrictions are only expected for eastbound 96th Street, east of Lantern Road at this time, but please drive carefully through the entire work area.

106th STREET INTERCHANGE

INDOT has begun work on the 106th Street interchange. A lane shift is currently in place on I-69 and 106th Street is closed as construction continues. Additional details about this project will be released through INDOT and shared on the weekly construction update. Please be advised the speed limit from 82nd Street to 116th Street has been reduced to 55 mph and there are lane shifts on I-69. Please travel with caution and pay close attention to signage in the area.

116th STREET

There may be short-term lane restrictions on eastbound 116th Street between USA Parkway and Exit Five Parkway while utility work is being completed.

126th STREET

  • Continuing the week of May 30th, there will be intermittent lane restrictions for westbound traffic just west of Promise Road. These restrictions will allow the contractor to construct the entrance into Granite Ridge subdivision. Advance warning signs will be in place including a directional arrow board, as needed.
  • Temporary lane restrictions will be in place on 126th Street between Cyntheanne Road and Atlantic Road in order for should work to be completed. Please drive with caution in the area.
  • Please drive with caution around 126th Street and Reynolds Drive. Contractors will be working off of the road, lane restrictions not expected.

Yes, There Is A Fishers Golf Cart Ordinance

Have a golf cart and want to drive it around your Fishers neighborhood?  Before you do, check out the city ordinance governing golf carts on city streets.

Your specific neighborhood must meet ordinance conditions and receive approval before golf carts may be used in your subdivision streets.

The only Fishers Neighborhoods with this approval are Britton Falls, Thorpe Creek, and Graystone.

For more details, see the statement below from the Fishers Police Department:

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The Fishers Police Department would like to remind residents of the city’s local ordinance concerning the use and operation of golf carts. Fishers’ City Ordinance No. 090214D authorizes the use of golf carts on some neighborhood streets if the following conditions have been met:

 

1. Fishers has determined that golf carts may be safely operated on the streets within

the specific neighborhood;

 

2. A threshold amount (75 percent or higher) of property owners in the

neighborhood have approved of their use and the applicant has certified such

results in writing; and

 

3. The proper signage in the designated locations has been placed.

 

Golf carts shall not be operated on the public streets of Fishers except in full compliance with the provisions of this section. Currently, Britton Falls, Thorpe Creek, and Graystone are the only neighborhoods, in Fishers, to be in full compliance with the provisions of this section.

 

OPERATION REGULATIONS

 

a) Hours of Operation. Golf Carts shall only be operated on designated streets from sunrise

to sunset unless such golf cart is equipped with headlights, taillights, brake lights,

seatbelts, turn signals, and rearview mirror.

 

b) Right-of-Way. The operator of a golf cart shall yield the right-of-way to overtaking

motor vehicles.

 

c) Streets. Golf carts may only be used on streets designated within the establish

neighborhood or other Fishers’ approved neighborhood areas. Nothing in this policy

shall be construed to apply to or limit the use of golf carts on golf courses or private

property.

 

d) Fishers Property and Sidewalks. Golf carts shall not be operated on any sidewalk,

pedestrian walkway, multi-use path, or trail or any other non-designated public ways.

The only exception to this use is of golf carts on Fishers’ municipal property for official

purposes.

 

e) Golf Cart Capacity. The seating capacity, normally no more than four (4) passengers,

shall not be exceeded nor shall the operator or any passenger be permitted to stand while

the golf cart is in operation.

 

f) Parking. Golf carts may only be parked in the same manner and at the same places

designated for parking of motor vehicles. The stopping, standing, or parking of golf carts

in areas where parking is not allowed or in any place that impede the flow of traffic,

pedestrian walkways, or a passageway is prohibited.

 

g) Alcohol Use. No person under the influence of an alcoholic beverage shall operate or be in control of any golf cart operated within the neighborhood. No golf cart shall have an open alcoholic beverage container aboard while in operation.

 

h) Valid License Required. Only persons possessing a valid driver’s license issued by the State of Indiana, another state of the United States, or an international agency shall be permitted to operate a golf cart on Fishers streets.

 

DISCLAIMER, LIABILITY, AND INSURANCE

 

a) Disclaimer. Golf carts are not designed for or manufactured to be used on public streets, and Fishers neither advocates nor endorses the golf cart as a safe means of travel on public streets. Fishers in no way shall be liable for accidents, injuries, or death involving the operation of a golf cart.

 

b) Assumption of Risk. Any person who owns, operates, or rides upon a golf cart on a

public street within the designated use area does so at his/her own risk and peril and

assumes all liability resulting from the operation of the golf cart.

 

c) “Proof of Financial Responsibility”. Shall mean, pursuant to Ind. Code §9-25-2-3, proof of ability to respond in damages for liability that arises out of the ownership,

maintenance, or use of a Golf Cart in the following amounts:

 

1) Twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) because of bodily injury to or death of

any one (1) person;

 

2) Subject to the limit in subdivision (1), fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) because of

bodily injury to or death of two (2) or more persons in any one (1) accident; and

 

3) Ten thousand dollars ($10,000) because of injury to or destruction of property in

any one (1) accident.

 

PENALTIES

 

Fishers shall issue a uniform ordinance violation citation (as outlined in the golf cart ordinance) to any person violating a provision of this policy in the following amounts which shall be processed by and paid to Fishers’ Ordinance Violation Bureau as follows:

 

a)    First Offense: Fifty Dollars ($50.00);

 

b)    Second Offense within one (1) year: One Hundred Dollars ($100.00); and

 

c)    Third offense and any additional offense within (1) year: Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars ($250.00)

 

 

 

 

School Lunch Prices to Increase at HSE Schools Next School Year

Students in the Hamilton Southeastern Schools will see a 10 cent increase in the price of school lunches in the 2016-2017 school year, based on action taken by the school board Wednesday night.  Administrators briefed the board on the complex federal government rules on the pricing of the lunches.  Failure to approve the increase would jeopardize the local school system’s federal reimbursement for lunch expenses.  Board member Sylvia Shepler voted no because she did not like the federal mandate.  For Grades kindergarten through 6th, lunch prices will rise from $2.40 to $2.50 per lunch….in grades 7-12, the cost will go up from $2.55 to $2.65 per lunch.

November 8th, 2016 will be election day, and it will also  be a teacher personal development day with no students in the school buildings that day.  Eleven school building in the HSE system will be hosting polling places November 8th.  The calendar change was done by moving two other half-day teacher personal development days to one full day  November 8.  You can view the revised 2016-2017 school calendar at this link.

The school corporation had a massive response of 8,149 families to a survey on school calendar and class start time issues.  Bottom line, there is no consensus to change any of it.  You can review the details of the survey results at this link.

The board approved an action to lease 35 new school buses as part of a lease/purchase agreement.  The bus replacement plan is available at this link.

Superintendent Allen Bourff announced at the board meeting that 15 schools in the HSE System have been named 4-star schools.  That means HSE has the most number of schools achieving this designation in the state.  To earn this honor, a school building must score in the top 25 percentile in a number of specific measures, such as test results.

Fall Creek Elementary and Riverside Intermediate schools were honored by the board for a special accomplishment.   The Indiana Association of School Principals Department of Student Programs has recognized schools that finished in the Top 10 of their enrollment class in all three  of its elementary division academic contests: Academic Spell Bowl, Science Bowl, and M.A.T.H. Bowl.  Fall Creek and Riverside finished in the top ten in all three categories.

Director of Transportation Jim White explains the school bus replacement program
Director of Transportation Jim White explains the school bus replacement program

Coffee With A Fishers Cop & CrimeWatch App Update

This is the app screen used to report suspicious activity to Fishers Police
This is the app screen used to report suspicious activity to Fishers Police

 

A new technological development from Fishers Police is getting out to a fast start.  1,100 people in Fishers have registered for the CrimeWatch cell phone app just announced last week.  App developer Aurie Rahimzadeh says citizens are already using the app to alert police to suspicious activity.

You can download the app for free at the iPhone or Android play store.  Just search for FishersCrimeWatch.  Once downloaded, there is a registration process.

Aurie was at the “Coffee With a Cop” event held at Panera Bread on 96th Street, Wednesday morning.  Local police officers were on hand to talk with area citizens.

Fishers Police Chief George Kehl n the left, and FishersCrimWatch app developer Auri Rahimzadeh on the right
Fishers Police Chief George Kehl (left), and FishersCrimeWatch app developer Auri Rahimzadeh (right)

 

 

City Hall Front Steps To Be Demolished, Reconstructed

If you have visited Fishers City Hall lately, you know the area in the front of the building has been under construction.  There has been an added component to this project….a change order has been approved allowing for the demolition and rebuilding of the front steps at City Hall.  The action includes electrical lighting.  This will increase the cost by just over $137,000, and the extra money will come from the city’s cash reserves.  The change order was approved at the May 23rd meeting of the Fishers Board of Public Works and Safety.  The work is scheduled to be complete in mid-July.  You may access the change order at this link.

The board also approved an agreement between the city and the Geist Lake Coalition (GLC) over the July 4th Blast on the Bridge (BOTB).   In 2015, the City and GLC jointly worked together to plan and execute BOTB.  For the 2016-18 events, the City will plan and manage BOTB.  The city is moving in that direction for the July 4, 2016 event.   The final draft agreement proposes a three-year partnership such that the City will plan and run BOTB and absorb all costs related to these responsibilities….Geist Lake Coalition will take on the cost of the fireworks; and the City will provide a grant to GLC each year of the agreement at $15,000/year pending budget appropriation by City Council.  You can read the agreement at this link.

 

Fishers Receives Award for Treating Heart Attack Victims, 2nd Year in a Row

When you, or someone close to you, suffers a heart attack, you want the best possible emergency services available.  For the second consecutive year, Fishers Fire and Emergency Services earned the American Heart Association’s EMS Gold Award.
Fishers’ local EMS operation was awarded this honor because of quality measures implemented in the treatment of patients experiencing severe heart attacks.

You can read the entire news release from the Fishers Fire Department below.

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For the second year in a row, Fishers Fire and Emergency Services has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Award for implementing quality measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks for the second year in a row.

 

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience a STEMI, or ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction. STEMI is a type of heart attack caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires rapid treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either surgically opening or by giving clot-busting medication.

 

Fire Chief Steven Orusa believes, “We are blessed in the City of Fishers to have such an effective continuum of care for our heart attack patients.  The highly trained men and women of our fire department combined with strategically located heart hospitals make a difference in patient outcomes.  This partnership provides the citizens of Fishers with one of the highest survival rates in the country.”

 

Emergency Medical System providers are vital to the success of Mission: Lifeline. EMS agencies provide access to 12-lead ECG machines (devices that measures the electrical activity of the heartbeat and can help medical personnel determine if a heart attack has occurred), and follow protocols derived from American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines. The correct tools and training allow EMS providers to rapidly identify the STEMI, promptly notify the medical center, and trigger and early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

 

“We are pleased to be recognized for the quality of our care, but our reward is in the successful recovery of our patients and the continued dedication in the reduction of those who don’t.” said EMS Division Chief Steve Davison.

 

Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Gold award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for two years and treated at least eight STEMI patients for each year.

     

The Fishers Department of  Fire and Emergency Services is dedicated to making our unit among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by implementing processes for improving STEMI systems of care with the goal of improving the quality of care for all STEMI patients,” said EMS Chief Steve Davsion. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care for STEMI patients.”

 

List of Road Construction Projects in Fishers – Work Week Beginning Monday, May23rd

Once again, the list of road projects is long in the Fishers area for the work week starting Monday, May 23rd.

Note the road closures for the May 21st Geist Half Marathon.

The listing is below, provided by the City of Fishers….

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CURB REPAIRS

A contractor will be repairing curb ramps in Bluff and Links at Grey Eagle through the coming weeks. Please anticipate periodic lane restrictions in those areas.

FALL CREEK TRAIL

Fall Creek Trail reconstruction work continues; the pedestrian bridges and section of sidewalk along the trail have been removed. Pedestrians should not use the trail within the sections that have been removed. In addition, there will be periodic lane closures along the project throughout the week of May 16th. Please travel with caution, construction barrels have reduced the existing northbound lane width.

GEIST HALF MARATHON CLOSURES

The Geist Half Marathon will be running its course route on Saturday, May 21st. During that time various road restrictions and partial road closures will be in place to ensure participant safety. Please visit their website for a complete list of affected roads.

I-69 AND CAMPUS PARKWAY

Milestone Contractors plan to begin mobilizing cranes and other equipment and setting a temporary concrete barrier wall along I-69 at Campus Parkway Exit 210 beginning Wednesday, May 11th. Work will require alternating lane closures on northbound and southbound I-69 between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Lane closures may recur each night through the end of the week depending on weather and progress. Questions about this project should be directed to INDOT at eastcentralin@indot.in.ugove or 1-855-463-6848.

I-69 TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS

INDOT is overseeing an overnight closure on multiple traffic lanes on I-69 overnight this week to continue demolition of the 106th Street overpass bridge. Weather permitting, lane closures and rolling slowdowns of traffic will begin after 9 p.m. and are expected to end before 6 a.m. the next day. Construction schedules and traffic restrictions are subject to change, and questions should be directed to INDOT at indot.carsporgram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.

PAVING

A contractor will be paving streets on Lantern Road from 131st Street to Harrison Parkway and Conner Knoll throughout the coming weeks. Please anticipate periodic lane restrictions in those areas.

STATE ROAD 37

Various geotechnical work has begun along the State Road 37 corridor. Work will take place starting at the 126th Street intersection.

96th STREET AND CUMBERLAND ROAD

The Hamilton County Highway Department has closed 96th Street and Cumberland Road for 100 calendar days in order to construct a roundabout at this intersection. Anyone with concerns about this project should call 773-7770. Please visit www.Fishers.in.us/DriveFishers to view a detour map. The tentative completion date for this project is June 30, 2016.

96th STREET AND LANTERN ROAD

Contractors will begin clearing the right-of-way around the intersection of 96th Street and Lantern Road. Lane restrictions are only expected for eastbound 96th Street, east of Lantern Road at this time, but please drive carefully through the entire work area.

106th STREET INTERCHANGE

  • INDOT has begun work on the 106th Street interchange. A lane shift is currently in place on I-69 and 106th Street is closed as construction continues. Additional details about this project will be released through INDOT and shared on the weekly construction update. Please be advised the speed limit from 82nd Street to 116th Street has been reduced to 55 mph and there are lane shifts on I-69. Please travel with caution and pay close attention to signage in the area.
  • The eastbound ‘thru’ lane of 106th Street at the intersection of Hague Road remains restricted until early May. Stay tuned for updates on this project.

116th STREET

There may be short-term lane restrictions on eastbound 116th Street between USA Parkway and Exit Five Parkway while utility work is being completed.

126th STREET

  • Continuing the week of May 23rd, there will be intermittent lane restrictions for westbound traffic just west of Promise Road. These restrictions will allow the contractor to construct the entrance into Granite Ridge subdivision. Advance warning signs will be in place including a directional arrow board, as needed.
  • Temporary lane restrictions will be in place on 126th Street between Cyntheanne Road and Atlantic Road in order for should work to be completed. Please drive with caution in the area.
  • Please drive with caution around 126th Street and Reynolds Drive. Contractors will be working off of the road, lane restrictions not expected.

“Heated Exchange” Over SR 37 Roundabouts, Per IndyStar’s Chris Sikich

Many years ago, I covered a county council meeting in a southern Indiana county, where the local sheriff and the president of the council were clearly at odds over a specific budget item the sheriff very much wanted approved.  The council president was very much opposed to that specific spending item.  All was civil during the meeting.  It was after the session ended when things became more intense.

The sheriff and council president began to raise their voices.  They weren’t screaming, but the exchange became loud.  There were gestures.  The two men were clearly very angry with each other.

When I went back to the radio station and wrote my story, I described the conversation as a “heated exchange” between the two.  The next day, the sheriff and council president were contacted by me for a followup and both could not understand why I would call their conversation a “heated exchange.”  Everything was fine, they assured me, all is well and their budget dispute was settled.  Too bad that was before the days of YouTube and viral videos.  Such a video record would have verified my account of their exchange.

That came to mind when I read a story posted Friday morning online at the Indianapolis Star Web site.  Reporter Chris Sikich describes an unannounced visit to the Lockhart Cadillac dealership in Fishers at 126th Street and State Road 37 by County Commissioner Steve Dillinger.  Sikich uses the phrase “heated exchange” in writing about what happened next at the auto sales complex.

The money is in place to begin the engineering work on the State Road 37 project to transform traffic signals along the highway in Fishers to roundabouts with underpasses underneath, similar to Keystone Avenue in Carmel.  Based on Sikich’s story, Dilinger had the “heated exchange” with a Lockhart manager days after the May 3rd primary election.

I won’t go into all the details, but suffice it to say that Lockhart, along with Honda of Fishers (both located along State Road 37 in Fishers) donated campaign money to unsuccessful County Commissioner Candidate Bill Smythe.  His opponent, incumbent Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt, was and is a big supporter of the SR37 roundabout project.  Smythe opposed it, and organized a coalition of businesses along the highway to oppose the roundabout proposal.  The business coalition failed, as the Hamilton County Council approved funding for the the roundabouts, allowing the project to move forward.

The description of that “heated exchange” at Lockhart differs a bit depending on which side is telling the story.  Sikich points that out in his article.

The IndyStar features a number of points we’ve covered on this blog before….that Fishers wants to work with area businesses on the construction phase and the final design of the roundabouts. Mayor Scott Fadness and Bill Smythe are both quoted in the story.

Mayor Fadness does not want businesses along SR37 to suffer or fail during this construction period.  When large highway projects have been under construction in Carmel in recent years, businesses along the highway have paid a price.  A few of them even failed.

Part of the final action by the Hamilton County Council provided at least $250,000 to market the businesses along the highway in Fishers.  The city may match part or all of that.

I expect State Road 37 to be an issue locally in the coming years, all the way through the final construction phase.  Stay tuned.

To read the Indianapolis Star article, use this link.  (NOTE:  If you are not an IndyStar subscriber, you will be limited in the number of online articles you may access each month)