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West Lafayette adding more sidewalks to streets near school

Students are getting safer walkways in West Lafayette. The city is adding sidewalks to Ravinia Road, Elm Street, and Riley Lane.

Posted: Mar 3, 2020 1:17 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — West Lafayette is getting new sidewalks for student walkers.

Ravinia Road, Elm Street, and Riley Lane are the areas they're focusing on. Right now, parts of those roads have no sidewalks.

The project is an initiative to improve safety and convenience for walkers. Many intermediate and high school students have to go out of the way to get to Salisbury.

This project has been in the works since the construction of West Lafayette Intermediate School.

“It has been brought up by certain parents seeing a need for their kids to have better direct access between the schools,” said Marcus Smith, assistant city engineer. “With the school going in last year, we've wanted to do it since there are a lot more pedestrians and younger students walking in that area.”

City leaders are looking forward to the improvement this project will bring to those neighborhoods.

“We're really excited to provide some new safe walking facilities for students and residents and excited to improve the couple ramps and sidewalks that are there so that they're ADA compliant,” said Smith.

Right now the city is seeking companies to do the project. It's set to be completed before the school year begins this fall.

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