WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Cumberland Avenue extension is now open, which means drivers may have an easier time getting around West Lafayette.
It didn’t take long for drivers to figure out the Cumberland Avenue extension was open Friday.
Deann Dalton, a Deacon at Connection Point Church on Cumberland Avenue, off U.S. 231, said the congregation couldn’t be more excited.
“[U.S.] 231 came through and took our church location, so we moved. We were literally in the middle of a corn field on a dead-end road,” said Dalton.
Since the church moved to its new location in October of 2011, the new U.S. 231 corridor has opened, but Cumberland remained closed. Dalton said despite the closure, the church’s numbers have grown.
“Our congregation was running probably in the 250 attendees. Easter Sunday, we had over 600 people here,” said Dalton.
Dalton believes the added traffic on U.S. 231 helped numbers. But West Lafayette city officials hope the added traffic on U.S. 231, and now Cumberland Avenue that connects to Klondike Road, will help traffic congestion in other parts of town.
“When you consider Purdue University, the number of students that drive to and from campus every day. When you consider the fact that we’re one of the most densely populated cities in the state of Indiana, it’s important that we develop some perimeter parkway philosophy about getting the traffic flow through and around West Lafayette,” said West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis.
He said the new extension is also an opportunity for development. After waiting patiently for two and a half years, development is something the people at Connection Point Church would love to see.
“I don’t see anything other than growing, growing, growing because our visibility is going to be on a main thoroughfare in West Lafayette now,” said Dalton.
Now that the extension is open, work will start on the stretch of road between Salisbury Street and Soldiers Home Road. Plans call for the road to be redone with new pavement, street lighting, and drainage systems upgrades. Construction is slated to begin in July and carry on until the fall of 2015.