WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- The first phase of the Revive Klondike project is complete! The brand new roundabout, located at Klondike and Lindberg Roads, opened Tuesday morning. Project officials told News 18 the construction barriers will be removed Tuesday morning.
Southbound traffic will be opened up on Klondike, and drivers will be able to take Lindberg Road all the way through now.
Phase one was originally supposed to be finished last fall.
The Tippecanoe County Highway Department said there were conflicts with utilities. The weather also played a factor in the delays.
Everything has beenfinished except for the lane striping, which is required to open the intersection. The rain pushed back crews to finish the striping until Monday.
Stewart Kline, Executive Director of Tippecanoe County Highway Department, is happy to have the first phase finished.
"I think people will be pretty happy with it that they'll be able to get through there again," Kline said. "Because they've been on the detour a lot longer than we've intended for them to be on the detour."
Also happening Tuesday- phase two begins, which mean a new portion of Klondike is closing. Klondike will be closed between Lindberg through north of Cumberland. During the second phase, that stretch of Klondike will be widened and another roundabout will be built. That new roundabout will be located at Klondike and Cumberland.
The second and third phases of this project have already been affected by the delays from the first.
Kline told News 18 an updated schedule of the project will be released in August.
Phase two and three of this project could potentially be happening at the same time.
Kline is already thinking ahead to avoid having the intersection closed for too long. He hopes to have the roundabout built by winter.
However, if there are any more delays, work may have to be paused. If that does happen, crews would go ahead and behind construction on phase three before phase two is complete.
"We will not over-winter the next intersection," Kline said. "It'll be a go or a no-go. That's why we'll be announcing that later. If we have any concers at all about opening that up before winter we'll just work on phase three."
Phase three is widening Klondike from Venetian Blind to U.S. 52/231. There will also be drainage structure built in this stretch.
As we previously reported, the original finish date for the $10 million project is 2020. Kline said that may be changed, due to the pushbacks.
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