LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Sagamore Parkway in Lafayette is getting a makeover.
“It has not had work on it at least in the last 10 years,” said Lafayette City Engineer Jenny Leshney.
In 2012, the state-owned road formerly known as U.S. 52, was taken over by the city. Leshney said that move gave city officials the option to immediately begin planning for the future.
“There are many businesses and residents that use that road, and we wanted a better amenity for our community,” said Leshney.
Those amenities will include pavement replacement, new traffic signals and decorative lighting. The medians will also be removed and replaced with left turn lanes.
Sidewalks and trails will also line the city’s main artery, helping make it a safer place for pedestrians.
“People actually are walking on Sagamore Parkway, we see it quite often, and it’s not a safe road to walk on,” said Leshney.
Because of the added sidewalks, street lanes will be narrowed by a couple of inches and the speed limit will be dropped from 40 miles per hour to 35.
“The wider the lanes are, studies have shown, the faster people drive, and we don’t want people to driver faster,” said Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski. “We want safer streets, pedestrian friendly streets.”
The entire project will run from Wabash National to Beech Drive. Utility work is set to begin this spring, with road work following this fall.
The total project is set to be completed sometime in 2018.
Leshney said the city received more than $24 million in a relinquishment agreement for use on the project.
She said the hope is to stay within the budget, but with certain amenities, some local funds may need to be used as well.