Lafayette wrapping up 2020 road construction projects

City Engineer Jeromy Grenard says Lafayette has finished most of the 33 projects on this year's master list of repaving projects.

Posted: Oct 26, 2020 4:10 PM
Updated: Oct 27, 2020 5:29 PM

LAFAYETE, Ind. (WLFI) - Construction crews have been rebuilding Twyckenham Blvd. since this spring. It's a long time coming for a historically bumpy road, says Toagavale Harrison, who lives in Coventry Glen neighborhood.

"Yeah, it's an inconvenient, but also too, yeah, it's good because the roads we're really, really bad."

Work is wrapping up on Twyckenham and other major streets across Lafayette. City Engineer Jeromy Grenard says the city has finished most of the 33 projects on this year's master list of repaving projects.

"Last year, we were paving clear into December," he says. "This year, we had everything pretty much wrapped up here in October, which we're pretty happy about that."

Grenard says the city spent about $8 million this year on Lafayette streets.

"In total, counting the resurfacing and the reconstruction projects, we were able to pave seven miles of roadway this year, which is a really good number for us," he says.

Grenard says that's about double the amount of resurfacing compared to the past two years. 

As News 18 previously reported, the city has rolled out a new roadway treatment to add longevity to roads. Lafayette has treated another 10 miles of roadway with the new asphalt rejuvenator.

Crews are still racing toward the finish line on Twyckenham.

"When it gets to this time of year, you just make the best use of every minute that you have available that's not raining or not too cold, so you see a lot of activity on the dry days, the warmer days," Grenard says. 

Harrison says she's ready for orange barrels to make way for a freshly paved road.

"But you know, it's worth it," she says. 

Grenard says the pandemic didn't slow down construction. Fewer drivers on the road meant less interruptions to traffic, as well as more room for crews to work.

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