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New Murals adorn Third Street on Purdue's campus

The Murals are designed to honor the history of the campus with graphic designs of a 'Boilermaker' the Bell Tower, and other popular locations.

Posted: Aug 3, 2020 6:20 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Third Street on Purdue's campus won't look the same when students return later this month. The road is now home to several street murals made to honor landmarks at the University.

The new streetscape also includes a bike lane for bikers, skate boarders, and those travelling to and from campus with alternate transportation.

The University released this statement about the project.

"As part of the Third Street Pedestrian Corridor project, graphic decals have been added to the street to mark major intersections, including the beginning and end of the pedestrian zone. The graphics can be found at Martin Jischke Drive, Waldron Street and University Street. The graphics are Purdue themed and celebrate iconic campus elements."

Students already on campus for various reasons said the new corridor is a welcome sight to the heart of campus.

"I would think it would be really nice because if you are coming to visit, like you're going to be a freshman, you're thinking about applying, it would just be a really cool experience to just go down the street and see all these big murals," said Purdue student Zach DeRuiter.

Filiberto Leon echoed DeRuiter's sentiments, but added the road serves a purpose for student safety as a main artery for student travels to and from class.

"Around West Lafayette there's not that many bike lanes," said Leon.

"I feel like having a bike lane helps traffic because when all the students come, when the 40-thousand students come it's going to be packed."

"The history, I think that what's most nice about it, like the murals are the history behind it."

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