WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Twenty years in the making and nearly $100 million later, a major road project in Tippecanoe County is slowly but surely coming to an end.
"It stalled about six years ago but with Governor Daniels and some major moves, we were able to get this re-initiated and get the project moving in a positive direction," West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis (R) said.
A direction Mayor Dennis said will be huge for the city of West Lafayette.
"At any major intersection in the city of West Lafayette during peak travel time, generally speaking there's a back up," Mayor Dennis said. "Generally speaking, it's congested to the point where the traffic flow is really constricted."
But Mayor Dennis said the four lane highway will allow drivers to avoid the congested areas and get to their destinations quicker.
"This is an excellent way to remove some of that traffic flow," Mayor Dennis said. "And more specifically, the heavy traffic flow like the large trucks, the trucks that are using the only bi-way that they have to get through the community to get to the areas up north."
But once the barricades are moved out of the way and the road is open to drivers, Mayor Dennis said it won't only be convenient, but it will be a safer way of travel.
"There's a direct relationship to the number of stops on a particular roadway and accidents," Mayor Dennis said. "This will have very few stops and will be excellent and efficient in getting the traffic out to the northern parts of the county and to I-65."
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