WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Summer doesn't just mean higher gas prices, it also is construction season for new roads to help drivers save some gas.
Dozens of residents came out to ask questions and raise concerns Tuesday night about a nearly $46 million road project that got underway Tuesday.
The signs are up, the orange barrels are in place, and traffic has been shifted into one lane in each direction in the northbound lanes of U.S. 231.
"The project is 231. It's being extended from down by south River Road in West Lafayette and it continues up toward U.S. 52," project manager, Eric Nelson said.
The nearly $46 million project will begin north of the Wabash River and continue east of the Purdue University airport, then northwest to State Road 26 near its intersection with Newman Road.
"It's going to be a divided highway. Multiple lanes, and that also will help traffic go through instead of having to go through the town area so that should really help with traffic," Nelson said.
"We anticipate closures at Lindberg Road, which will be 100 day closure and at McCormick Road closure also for this summer," Debbie Calder with INDOT said.
Tuesday night, residents attended a public information meeting to ask any questions about this major project to this major road.
"I heard there was going to be an over-pass for Lindberg but I learned tonight it's going to be a traffic signal with Lindberg and U-S 231 intersecting so that will be interesting to see how that works out," West Lafayette resident, Jeanenne Rothenberger said.
"We just ask people to be attentive, read the signs, merge early, slow down and give your full attention to the construction crews, especially if there are flagmen," Calder said.
Construction began in the spring of last year.
The 5.3 miles of U.S. 231 is scheduled to be open to traffic by the end of September 2013.
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