WL outlines summer construction projects

WEST LAFAYETTE (WLFI) – West Lafayette will be involved in about a dozen construction projects this summer, which means lane closures and detours are in drivers’ futures. City officials outlined the summer construction season Tuesday morning.

City officials said Salisbury Street is the first major project of a dozen for the season. City engineer Dave Buck said work on Salisbury will begin after Purdue Graduation in May.

But there will be much more going on, when you add projects by Purdue, utility companies and private companies.

Buck said improvements will be made to the intersections. More ADA compliant pedestrian signals will be put in and coordinated traffic signals will help the flow of traffic during peak hours, especially at the Salisbury Street and Sagamore Parkway intersection.

Buck said the section between this intersection and Salisbury and Navajo streets is short and often gets congested with traffic. Once Salisbury Street is wrapped up around August, a year long project on Happy Hollow Road will get going.

“It’s finally Happy Hollow’s turn to get reconstructed,” said Buck. “It’s now a city street. We’ve designed a redesign, so it will be able to accommodate a trail along the entire length of the project. We are really excited about that, as well as several improvements for drainage.”

At the same time as the Happy Hollow project, Cumberland Avenue phase three will begin. Reconstruction will happen between Salisbury Street and Soldiers Home Road.

Buck said he tries to avoid detours and alternate routes that would take more traffic through residential areas. That’s why he said the sequence of the construction projects is so important.

“The sequencing of the projects was planned out in a manner so when we finish one project it gives us an available route for detouring traffic as we begin the next project,” Buck said. “So, as Salisbury Street is done it will be a better route for north/south traffic than Happy Hollow. We’ll be able to work on Happy Hollow and expect some of that traffic to move over to Salisbury Street.”

Aside from city projects, a project involving two utility companies and Purdue University will shut down a section of road for the entire summer.

“They’re doing a tunnel top replacement on Stadium Avenue between University [Street] and Northwestern [Avenue], and they will actually close that down,” West Lafayette Engineering Assistant Ben Anderson said.

West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis said the city’s projects this summer will cost about $10 million. A combination of federal grants, TIF district money and city general funds will pay for the work.

Drivers should be looking for detour and alternate route maps coming in the next few weeks. Buck said he is currently working on those maps.

For a list of projects and access to detour maps when they become available click here.

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