The interchange at 106th Street and Interstate 69 in Fishers opened Wednesday afternoon not long after a ribbon-cutting involving state and local officials.
Initially, the Indiana Department of Transportation had estimated the interchange would open in June 2017, but then revised the timeline earlier this year to say it would be finished before the end of 2016.
The $21.7 million project added a two-lane, oval-shaped roundabout on 106th Street over I-69 with ramps to and from both directions of the interstate. The old bridge over the interstate was closed to traffic in April and removed in May and replaced with two separate two-lane bridges that each carry one direction of traffic.
The southern bridge features a City of Fishers logo and the northern bridge has a multi-use path over the interstate that provides connectivity for pedestrians and non-motorized traffic.
The new interchange is meant to relieve congestion and improve safety along I-69 between 96th and 116th streets. INDOT awarded a contract to Chicago-based Walsh Construction for the project in March.
At the time, INDOT spokesman Nathan Riggs said the bid was $4.6 million lower than expected.
The cost of the project was split among federal, state and local funding sources. Fishers contributed about $9.52 million and Hamilton County paid about $2 million.
The city of Fishers had an agreement in place with Swedish retailer Ikea to complete the project by July 2017 so construction wouldn’t interfere with the nearby store opening in fall 2017.