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City will allow trucks on Happy Hollow during North River Road construction

A Tippecanoe County road closure is going to put strain on a West Lafayette street, but city leaders said there is no other option.

Posted: May 14, 2019 11:07 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A Tippecanoe County road closure is going to put strain on a West Lafayette street, but city leaders said there is no other option.

For the majority of the summer the 3.5 mile stretch of North River Road between Soldiers Home Road and Happy Hollow Road is closed.

The detour sends drivers across Happy Hollow, a road the city closed to truck traffic a few years back. In an effort to be accommodating to all traffic, the truck ban will be lifted.

Mayor John Dennis said as soon as construction is complete, the old rules will go back into place.

"If trucks do need to use Happy Hollow, we will go ahead and allow it but they'll still need to abide by the posted speed limits and they'll definitely have to stay away from using their motors to slow their trucks down, that creates an unnecessary amount of noise," said Dennis. 

He knows it's an inconvenience but the decision impacts people's livelihood.

"It can be very frustrating if you're on a clock, if you have to get from point A to point B and then get back," he said. 

Dennis said West Lafayette Police will increase patrols in that area during construction.

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