WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Twenty years in the making and nearly $100 million later, a major Tippecanoe County road project is coming to an end.
"I think it's something that has been waited for for many years and it will be very well received once it's opened," said INDOT spokeswoman Debbie Calder.
Calder said crews are currently finishing up some final touches to the new U.S. 231 bypass in Tippecanoe County.
"They're finishing up adding some signs, they're putting the finishing touches on and they're installing a right of way fence," Calder explained. "So various things like that are what they're going to be working on and then they'll be striping the roadway to get it ready to open up."
In the next few weeks, drivers should also expect to see crews installing a stop light at the intersection of U.S. 52 and the new U.S. 231.
"At the traffic signal there at U.S. 231 and U.S. 52, on U.S. 52 there will be a protected left turn arrow for people wanting to make a U-turn if they've come out of County Road 250 and need to head back into West Lafayette," Calder explained.
The new roadway adds a little more than five miles to U.S. 231.
West Lafayette City Engineer Dave Buck said the relocation will allow traffic to go around West Lafayette, instead of through it. He said it will also bring growth to the area.
"It's going to be an opportunity for everything that's left between the city limits and this highway to infill with development," Buck explained. "A lot of development has happened over the years so there is not a lot of acreage that's not already built on, but there's a lot of important infill and that's something the city wants to have an active part and role in."
And police said they will be active and ready as well.
"This has not officially been annexed into the city yet, but I'm sure our guys will come out and do speed patrol and red light enforcement as the road gets open," West Lafayette Chief Deputy Chris Leroux said. "We want to make sure people aren't driving too fast and that it's as safe as it can possibly be."
The road is expected to officially open on September 13.
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