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Fairgrounds project ahead of schedule and underbudget

Several projects were cut from the original plans to stay within the budget, and about $1,000,000 was saved since work started.

Posted: Oct 5, 2020 3:50 PM
Updated: Oct 5, 2020 6:09 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Construction on the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds is ahead of schedule and under budget.

When the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancelation of this year's fair, it allowed crews to continue to work and the project jumped about a month-and-a-half ahead of schedule.

Several projects were also cut from the original plans to stay within the budget, and about a million dollars was saved since work started.

The money is going to several other projects. that include replacing the leaky swine barn roof. More asphalt for parking and room dividers in the west wing of the coliseum are also now a part of the plan.

"Now we know exactly where our budget is coming in," said Commissioner Dave Byers. "We know exactly what is happening. So, we can add back some added value to the situation."

Byers said a million dollars doesn't go as far as you might think.

"The roof was $91,000," he said. "To divide those two rooms up, we're getting estimates between $300,000 to $500,000. So, it sounds great for a million, but when you start adding some of these projects back. I can add up real quick."

The extra money has to be used due to it being a bond project.

Construction is still planned to wrap up by June of 2021.

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