Olio Road Bridge from Noblesville to Saxony is Now Open!

Olio Road Bridge from Noblesville to Saxony is Now Open!

Olio Road Bridge from Noblesville to Saxony is Now Open!

Thursday, October 21, 2010 - The Noblesville Times

With a couple of snips of scissors the newest north-south corridor on the east side of Hamilton County was opened to traffic. Representatives from Hamilton County, the city of Noblesville and town of Fishers. The Olio Road Bridge brings together the road previously interrupted by Interstate 69 and opens the area around the Corporate Campus and Hamilton Town Center to further economic development.

Noblesville's responsibility for the project was mostly in the roundabout on the north end of the bridge at a cost of around $1.5 million.

Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear said the project now allows a second entrance to the corporate campus and expands the opportunities for business already in the area and potential for more to come.

"We can see the potential," he said. "We're excited."

He said the completed bridge in addition to being functional was aesthetically pleasing. In addition to easing vehicular traffic wide sidewalk lanes for pedestrians will act as a trail connector expanding the scope of outdoor activities available.

County Commissioner Steve Holt was on hand for the ribbon cutting and said the bridge is an example of looking ahead when it comes to such projects.

"The bridge is important to continue connectivity on the east side of the county for better flow of traffic and economic development," he said adding looking south from the north end of the bridge, itt really tells the story of Hamilton County being forward thinking with regard to improved roadways that are mindful of our citizens time and safety.

Budgeted around $8.5 million, Holt said the final cost was 40 percent below the engineers estimate with a final price of $6.785 million.