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Road construction season in Greater Lafayette is underway

Construction season is approaching and that means more closed off roads and alternate routes for drivers. The Greater Lafayette area is preparing to focus on capitol projects and resurfacing.

Posted: Apr 1, 2019 7:33 PM
Updated: Apr 1, 2019 7:33 PM

GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI)—It's that time of year again, the sound of road work being done as construction season nears.

"It is the season as they say," said Mayor of West Lafayette John Dennis. "Construction season, everything's coming upon us."

Greater Lafayette and state highway department are preparing for another summer of capital projects.

"One thing we always do is when we do touch a road and do what's called a major rebuild on a road," Dennis. "We try to make sure it's going to fit with our overall trail program and our connectivity programs."

Both the City of West Lafayette and Lafayette will focus on resurfacing projects that will cost nearly 2 million dollars combined.

"Roads are going to be closed and people are going to be inconvienced," Dennis

Although, INDOT announced construction on one of the busiest roads. The Sagamore Parkway Bridge.. Again.

"Yea, I know, they are going to be taking it down to one lane again," said Driver Emanny Seele.

Emanny Seele uses the Sagamore Parkway Bridge during her normal commute. She says that while she's had to re-route her trip because of construction it's worth it.

"It was definitely needed," Seele. "A lot of the bridges a lot of the roads, they needed to be worked on."

Driver and business owner Paula Davis says it's a hassle dealing with traffic. Especially when you have to deliver.

"That is a migthy long project," said Davis. "I am not sure when the end date of that is. So definitely going to West Lafayette for deliveries from downtown, it does definitely hinder my route."

INDOT Communications Director Debbie Calder says it might be frustrating, but care and maintenence are needed for safety.

"Keep in mind INDOT has to maintain all the interstates, US routes and state roads," said Calder. "So when you see us out there we're just working to improve the infastructure, to keep the motoring public safe and it's something that needs to be done each year."

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