(rendering courtesy of the city of Fishers)

The city of Fishers and Fishers Parks will Saturday open the downtown portion of the Nickel Plate Trail, including a pedestrian tunnel beneath 116th Street. Over the last three years, the city has been developing and building the 3.8-mile multi-use trail.

With the opening of the downtown portion, users will be able to travel from 146th Street to 106th Street. The city says the trail strengthens connectivity within the community.

Construction began on the pedestrian tunnel last June. The city says the tunnel provides pedestrians with safe and efficient passage through the 116th Street intersection without disrupting traffic flow.

The downtown portion of the trail also features the Monumental Stairs with a built-in bike ramp, allowing pedestrians and cyclists access to the trail at 116th Street. According to the city, the pedestrian bridge above the tunnel exit connects the existing train platform to the new Nickel Plate Station plaza.

Planning is currently underway with the city of Indianapolis for the southern portion of the trail between 96th Street and 106th Street. The city says more information will be announced as funding becomes available.

The grand opening celebration will take place at the Switch Plaza and Monumental Stairs, located between North and South Street in Fishers’ downtown Nickel Plate Cultural District, as well as activations at Fishers Parks headquarters at Hub & Spoke. The public is invited to attend.

You can connect to more information about the trail and grand opening by clicking here.