Nickel Plate Trail

By the Community,

For the Community

In 2018, we asked the community to help us turn the Nickel Plate railway into a whole new kind of public space by sharing their ideas and suggestions for the Fishers portion of the Nickel Plate Trail.

Between an online suggestion box, community events, activities and think tanks, and the incredible effort by our local schools, that simple request resulted in an outpouring of support. We asked people to "be bold, be original and be heard," and they were!

In 2019, the City unveiled the Nickel Plate Trail Master Plan, a long-range master plan for the one-a-kind public space that featured ideas from residents, students, community groups, and more. The plan was created by the Nickel Plate Trail Master Planning Committee comprised of Fishers residents and community leaders, in collaboration with NBBJ and Ex2 Partners. Check out the Master Plan.

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Trail Construction 

In 2020, paving was completed on the portions of the trail between 131st Street and North Street, and South Street to 106th Street. These paved portions are now open for pedestrian and bicycle access. Motorized vehicles are prohibited, unless required for accessibility purposes. 

Construction is now underway on the northern portion of the Nickel Plate Trail between 131st Street and 146th Street. We are on schedule for a late October completion and public opening of this portion of the trail. Until construction is complete, this portion of the railbed remains closed and no trespassing is permitted. The construction, and temporary closure of 141st Street at the Nickel Plate Trail to construct the speed table (roadway crossing) and pedestrian signal, will occur over HSE Schools’ fall break, the week of October 18, to minimize disruption to traffic flows. 

This paving project will complete the northern half of the Nickel Plate Trail. By utilizing the downtown detour route, trail users can travel from 146th to 106th Street, strengthening connectivity in our community. Coordination and planning are underway with Indianapolis for the southern portion of the trail, between 96th Street and 106th Street.  

In summer 2021, the City of Fishers completed the Nickel Plate Trail pedestrian tunnel beneath 116th Street, which will provide pedestrians with safe and efficient passage through the 116th Street intersection without disrupting traffic flow. The tunnel will reopen with the completion of the Nickel Plate Trail in Spring 2022. Learn more about the project with this interview with Fishers Magazine, and this podcast from Larry in Fishers

Project Renderings & Construction Photos

In Summer 2021, the pedestrian tunnel was constructed beneath 116th Street. Finishing work is underway, and the tunnel will open in Spring 2022.

View from inside tunnel
View from inside pedestrian tunnel

Tunnel Entrance

Pedestrians and cyclists on the trail will enter the tunnel from North Street and South Street. Consistent with NPT Master Plan, the terraced wall on the side is designed to make the trail feel open and inviting as you approach the tunnel. 

View of tunnel entrance
Workers adding concrete finishing to tunnel entrance

Monumental Stairs

Concrete stairs with a built-in bike ramp below the handrail will allow pedestrians and cyclists to access the trail at 116th Street. The monumental stairs and seating immediately next to the concrete steps will be finished with composite decking and will provide seating overlooking the trail-level plaza, the perfect spot for live music, special events, and community gatherings. access to the trail-level plaza is provided by the trail itself and accessible viewing spots for events are provided at the top of the monumental stairs. We’ve also added lighting and charging stations so guests can plug in their phones and laptops. Construction of the monumental stairs and plaza will be complete in Fall 2021.

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View of monumental stairs from bottom
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Pedestrian Bridge

A pedestrian bridge above the tunnel exit on the north side of 116th Street will connect the existing train platform to the new Nickel Plate Station plaza, which is currently under construction behind the former Nickel Plate Bar & Grill restaurant. In this area, the sidewalk on the north side of 116th Street has been and will continue to be narrow due to the proximity of the restaurant. In addition to offering plaza space for gatherings and community events, the bridge will provide an important east-west connection through the Nickle Plate District off 116th Street. To the east (right side of picture) in both renderings, the new Nickel Plate Station project is shown. Nearly two years in advance, the City and the developer coordinated efforts to utilize the west foundation wall of that project as the east retaining wall for the trail in this area. The renderings also show large porch-like swings under the train platform, which are planned for future phases of improvements in this section of the trail.

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rendering- pedestrian bridge

Stay Up To Date

Stay up to date with the progress of the Nickel Plate Trail and the tunnel construction by checking back at this page during construction for photos and other updates. You can also follow along on Twitter at @DriveFishers or sign up for the weekly Drive Fishers newsletter here.

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Trail Safety

Use caution at trail crossings and use the signal button located at intersections to notify motorists of your presence. The flashing yellow lights at intersections along the trail warn motorists of pedestrians but does not require vehicles to stop, so proceed with caution when crossing. You can learn more about safe crossing with the video above.

Mile markers have been installed every tenth of a mile along the trail and should be used as location markers in the event of an on-trail emergency. Trail users should dial 9-1-1 from their cell phone in the event of an emergency.