LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — City leaders in Lafayette have reason to celebrate. After three phases, four years and $35,000,000, the Restore Sagamore Project is complete.
Mayor Tony Roswarski is relieved. "I feel great, and I'm actually sleeping better," Roswarski said.
This was a complicated project. On top of all of the work we saw above ground, there was perhaps even more happening below the surface.
"Additional turn lanes, new traffic signals, new pavement, a lot of stuff underground, storm water, sewer and then all the pedestrian amenities that we've added," said Roswarski.
One of the new amenities is an added HAWK signal to make crossing busy intersections safer for pedestrians. When the button is pushed it operates the same as any other crossing signal for walkers.
City Engineer Jeromy Grenard said things are a little different for drivers. If the signal is flashing red, drivers should stop to see if anyone is trying to cross.
"When it's not operable it rests in dark, that is quite different than any other signal in the city as well," said Grenard.
Making the long stretch of road look so beautiful hasn't been easy, especially for local businesses.
"We just opened up last summer in June so right in the middle of it," said Java Joe's employee Amber Beery.
Beery said after seeing the road, the work was worth the wait. "We're really excited, it looks gorgeous and it's going to help traffic flow tremendously."
Roswarski said the city's future looks brighter than ever. "With this type of infrastructure I think it bodes well for the economic future of the businesses along Sagamore Parkway."
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