West Lafayette presents State Street Master Plan

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — After months of research, the city of West Lafayette is presenting their State Street Master Plan to the public.

Tuesday morning, Mayor John Dennis along with urban design firm MKSK met with local business leaders at the monthly Eggs N’ Issues meeting. The redesign of State Street includes the entire stretch from the Wabash River to U.S. 231.

Designer Eric Lucas said the plan includes two roundabouts, one at Tapawingo Drive and one at South River Road. Sidewalks in the Chauncey Village will be widened and green space will also added along the length of the street.

Lucas hopes the design will make it easier for people come down the hill to the river.

“People think of State Street as a highway, yet it’s an entrance to a downtown. It’s a corridor through a campus,” said Lucas. “As a highway, it just doesn’t function as a street should. Our first thought was, ‘Great, let’s do it.’ Let’s find a solution that works for the city, for the businesses, for the university and let’s make a downtown.”

Mayor Dennis said the multi-million dollar project could be funded using TIF dollars along with a partnership with Purdue University.

No start date for the project has been announced.

To view West Lafayette’s State Street Master Plan, click here.

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