WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - It's impossible to miss the orange cones, the flashing signs, and the necessary evil that is summer construction season. It's also tough to miss some drivers who don't follow the rules and the courtesies of construction zones.
"The biggest problem is everyone's in a hurry," said Lt. Scott Fohr with the West Lafayette Police Department.
In a hurry to get here, in a hurry to go there, that's the biggest issue when it comes to constructions zones, according to Fohr. Some drivers don't disagree.
"When, you know, you're going down two lanes and the right lane is closed off down the road. The left lane then gets backed up with traffic and the drivers on the right side try to go all the down and then get back in, like merge in at the last second. That drives me absolutely crazy," said Michael Stockton.
"How many construction people have been killed by people who are speeding? There's not a lot of space between us and them so they really need to be respectful of that," said Jenny Franklin.
Construction workers are why Lt. Fohr said officers keep a close eye on construction zones. He said all drivers should play a part to keep workers safe.
"Leave earlier if you're trying to get to some location here in the West Lafayette area. When you do get over here, just take your time. Don't try to cut anybody off," said Fohr.
Officers are expecting the traffic in construction zones to become even worse as students start trickling back to Purdue in the next few weeks.
"We're going to have an additional 30,000 people coming in. Problem is a lot of the students that are coming are not familiar with this area. There's a lot of one way streets and so forth, traffic gets backed up a lot," said Fohr.
City Engineer Dave Buck said most of the construction projects should be finished by the time classes start. Some drivers are ready for that break from construction.
"They got to work on every road there is, instead of a couple at a time. You know, that's what gets me," Dewy West Jr. said.
"Huge backups, I think people are pretty frustrated. I haven't seen road rage, but it's close," said Rutu Mahajan.
Buck said the 720 Northwestern Avenue project, across from Mackey Arena, will have lane restrictions until next summer. He said the city is working on opening all lanes during home football games this fall.
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