TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – The winter weather has caused wear and tear to roads around the Lafayette area.
“I think it is the worst we have seen. We just see so much cracking and so much falling apart with chunks coming out,” said the Tippecanoe County Highway Department Executive Director Opal Kuhl.
Kuhl said Tippecanoe County Road 600 North, west of State Road 43, is in bad shape. She explained shaded roads and low spots near creeks are typically where roads see cracks and damage.
“Places where moisture stays around the longest and the wind does not dry it out. The sun does not dry it out. It just permanently stays wet,” Kuhl explained.
Kuhl said she does not think the county will have to fix as many roads as the two cities because they have more traffic.
Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski said Sagamore Parkway from Kossuth Street to McCarty Lane has the most damage. He said the city is conducting a plan to fix the poor roads and to find the most cost efficient way to make repairs.
“The street department is out checking areas where maybe most of the road is in good shape, but just because of the winter, you might have a 50 foot or 100 foot section that’s really bad. They’ll mill that out in house and fill it back in with good asphalt, just like the asphalt on the rest of the road,” said Roswarski.
The Tippecanoe County Highway Department plans to wait until spring to permanently fix the roads. Kuhl said temperatures need to consistently be at least 40 degrees for the asphalt to stick to the roads.
“Right now we’re just trying to fill the potholes until we can do something more permanent, like resurface or some total patching or sealing it,” Kuhl added.
Kuhl said County Road 600 North in Tippecanoe County is one of the first roads they plan to repair this spring.
She said the Tippecanoe County Highway Department is calculating costs and developing a plan for permanent fixes.