WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — West Lafayette is seeking construction companies to work on the Newman Road Underpass Project. This road sits near SR-26 and Purdue University's aerospace district.
The city is focusing on reconstructing the bridge. West Lafayette Deputy Director of Development Erin Easter said it has caused a lot of accidents.
The bridge is only one lane and it's not tall enough for semi-trucks to drive underneath. Above the bridge sits an active railroad track. Easter said the bridge reconstruction will take about 4.5 days to complete. The rest of the project will be finished throughout the year.
“It's something that we are very interested in making sure impacts to traffic and to everyone involved in this including the railroad are minimized,” said Easter. “We have done a lot of planning work thinking about how we can stage this work so it happens in a safe and efficient manner.”
The project will also include adding a round-about at the SR-26 and Newman Road intersection. With major development happening in that area, Easter said this project is much needed.
“We are incredibly fortunate as a community in Indiana to experiencing so much positive growth and so much interest in our community and in order to adequately plan for that there are some improvements that we need to make and this is one of them,” said Easter.
The project is set to cost $12.5-million. They'll start construction next year.