West Lafayette keeping price in mind on project list

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — West Lafayette officials are thinking about the price of some summer construction projects as they go down the long list.

Tuesday the Board of Works opened bids for the Northwestern Avenue pedestrian safety improvements and for Cumberland Avenue Phase three. Bids for the Northwestern project came in around $1 million. Cumberland bids were between $3.5 million and $4 million.

City Engineer Dave Buck said these bids fit the engineering estimate of the projects. However, some extra work on Northwestern, which would add more money to the price, may be dropped.

“The first one is a major change to one of the signalized intersection — the Stadium intersection — in terms of moving some of the equipment. We may or may not do that,” Buck said. “If we could afford it, it would be nice, but we can live with it as it is. Some of the other alternates are lighting [and] landscaping.”

The Northwestern project will add more pedestrian safety crossings and signals as three buildings get ready to open on the road this fall. Cumberland Avenue will be fully reconstructed from Salisbury Street to Soldiers Home Road.

Both projects will mostly be paid by money in TIF districts.

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