WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — City leaders are bracing for the completion of the State Street Project in 2018, and they're asking the public to do the same.
"I'm just bracing myself for it," said Purdue employee Liza Hagerman.
The $120 million State Street project is set to wrap up by December 2018, but drivers shouldn't celebrate just yet.
"The traffic pattern is not complete in West Lafayette until this work gets done next year," said Development Director Erik Carlson.
He said while State Street has been the main focus, work in 2018 will take place elsewhere.
"This work in 2018 is going to be focusing on getting those routes in place so that they may not be as direct of a route, but they'll be a much quicker route than if you were to take State Street," Carlson added.
Crews will focus on stadium avenue between Tarkington and McCormick Road. This majority of this stretch will be closed from March 5 to Aug. 30. Work includes a new roundabout at Stadium Avenue and McCormick.
Carlson said work along Stadium could cause backups on State Street.
"If you're on State Street and traffic is heavier than usual than you would like to see it, that's really to be expected at this point because the circulation pattern is not complete," explained Carlson.
The Western Gateway along McCormick Road near the intersection of McCormick Road, Airport Road and State Street will also be under construction. Closures in this area will take place throughout the year.
"You'll still be feeling the impact of it when you're on State Street itself because of those outside routes are not complete yet," said Carlson.
Despite delays and closures, Hagerman said she believes all this work will make a huge difference getting around the area.
"You get used to what you have to, but hopefully, in the end, it all turns out great," Hagerman added.
Stadium Avenue will be open in time for Purdue's first home football game against Northwestern on Aug. 30.
For more information of the State Street traffic plan, click here.