LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The city of Lafayette is moving forward on its new central maintenance facility.
As we've previously reported, it's moving from 3rd Street to McCarty Lane.
The first phase is building a new salt dome on the 15 acre site. The board of works approved it Tuesday.
The salt dome is part of the new, more centralized location.
City engineer Jeromy Grenard said the current space doesn't allow employees to work as efficiently as needed.
"It's just not very functional for a city this size," said Grenard. "So, we'll be able to expand their facilities and provide storage for a lot more vehicles inside."
Once the new dome is installed, workers won't have to drive all the way back to 3rd Street for more salt.
Grenard said it's one of many benefits of the new location.
"It's lesser distance for all the city vehicles," said Grenard. "It's less fuel, less wear and tear on the vehicles. We're able to service a lot more from that centralized location."
The second phase is adding the new street and sanitation department at the McCarty location.
There's no timeline for that to begin.
Work on the salt dome will be finished in the late spring or early summer.