WL trying to meet August 8 construction deadline

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Detours and lane restrictions show work is continuing on several West Lafayette construction projects. Crews have less than a month before an August 8 deadline.

“That’s a Friday and I believe there is kind of a buffer week that we’ve allowed in August before freshmen move back and Purdue starts,” West Lafayette Engineer Dave Buck said. “We really are pushing and the contractors are pushing to really take advantage of every opportunity. That is one of the reasons why we are willing to allow some of these painful detours with more restrictions so work can progress faster.”

Buck said resurfacing projects on Salisbury and Tapawingo plus pedestrian improvements and utility work on campus are on schedule to make the deadline.

First come the closures.

On Thursday morning, northbound Northwestern Avenue will close between Stadium Avenue and Grant Street. That afternoon northbound will reopen and southbound will close.

“This allows all the work to be done in one day which then allows less restrictions going forward,” Buck said.

Once August 8 comes around it doesn’t mean the end of summer construction.

On Wednesday, phase three of Cumberland Avenue reconstruction started. Bids were also opened for the reconstruction of Happy Hollow Road. Both projects will last through next year.

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