Promenade project in Lafayette has another setback

More structural problems have led to another delay to a project that's already more than a year and a half behind schedule.

Posted: Jul 31, 2019 2:00 PM
Updated: Aug 1, 2019 6:39 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The highly anticipated promenade in Lafayette has another setback. More structural problems have led to another delay to a project that's already more than a year and a half behind schedule. With more delays, come more unanticipated costs.

The Promenade is a $2.8 million block-long pedestrian walkway behind the new Marq Building at Second and Columbia streets. Construction was started nearly three years ago.

The Wabash River Enhancement Corporation (WREC) is behind the project with MKSK as the lead designers. KGG was subcontracted by MKSK as the project's design engineers. WREC's Executive Director, Stan Lambert, told News 18 the last time construction crews were on-site was the week of July 4th.

MSKS Principal Eric Lucas says the delay is due to the discovery of more structural problems.

"Our company has been doing this for over 30 years. We've constructed hundreds of millions of dollars worth of projects, and it's not typical to have an issue like this arise," said Lucas. 

This isn't the first time the structure has been a problem. Back in March, WLFI reported how the design caused concerns not long after crews broke ground in November of 2016. An additional $400,000 worth of restructuring fixed movement in the rails due to passing trains.

Now crews are restructuring a retaining wall and the promenade's connection to the Columbia Street bridge. It comes with extra cost and another delay.

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski serves as WREC's Board President. He says they won't be footing the bill.

"WREC should not be responsible to cover those costs. The design did not meet our standards and that's what we had hired them to do," said Roswarski.

Lucas says early estimates put the total cost to fix all the design problems around $500,000. He hopes to know the exact cost by next week, but it won't be at WREC's expense.

"The design team has committed to being a significant partner on these costs and being responsible for those things that are our issue," said Lucas.

Work was supposed to wrap up in November of 2017, but Lucas says the initial problems pushed that to this summer. Now the project will finish sometime in November. WREC's executive director says off-site work has continued to take place to build custom railings for the promenade's south end.

"It's not to get it done as fast as possible. It's to get it done right," said Lucas.

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