WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - In 1983 the conversation of the U.S. 231 bypass first hit the table and now after 17 months of construction it's a reality.
"This didn't happen over the past six or seven years," West Lafayette mayor John Dennis said. "This is something that started in the conversational mode about 30 years ago."
INDOT Deputy Commissioner Alan Plunkett said the project was made possible because of former governor and current Purdue president Mitch Daniels' Major Moves campaign.
"With major moves there was funding when they leased the toll road and we were able to get this project done," Plunkett said.
The roadway stretches 5 and half miles and allows drivers to bypass Purdue's campus, opening new opportunities for the university.
"Our master plan which will bring the campus much closer together really couldn't happen until State Street that divided us for so long could be narrowed and made more pedestrian friendly and bike friendly," Daniels said.
Dennis said the new route will bring new development to the city as well.
"It's just common sense," Dennis said. "When you have a major corridor that connects to an interstate that people are going to be willing to put an investment there for development, this is no different and we feel very strongly that with the proper incentivization we can get any company in the country to come here."
With the road now open U.S. 52 will no longer follow Sagamore Parkway, instead it will follow Teal Road to Indiana 25 connecting to the new U.S. 231.
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