Cumberland Ave. construction slowing traffic

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – You may be spending more time behind the wheel if you drive down Cumberland Avenue in West Lafayette.

Rain has caused a few problems for construction crews working on the first phase of the Cumberland Avenue project at Cumberland Elementary.

“With all that hail that flooded that area and the sub-grade was actually too wet to pave on for a couple of days, so we were really scrambling and kind of nervous that it was going to be tight,” West Lafayette city engineer Dave Buck said.

Students head back to the classroom Wednesday. Buck said the new front parking lot and drop-off area will be ready. The new area has one entrance and one exit for traffic.

“Hopefully it will be a little less confusing, but also more flexible for parent and bus drop-off on a daily basis,” Buck said.

That daily drive may get a little longer as construction moves out to the road. Cumberland Avenue between Soldiers Home Road and Salisbury Street is down to one lane in both directions.

“They are going to tear out, and they’ve already begun removing, the median and the middle are of the roadway and they’ll be installing new storm lines for the first section of construction here,” Buck said.

Crews will be working on several improvements along the road including new lighting, drainage systems, walkways and landscaping.

“It’s going to be very challenging obviously if you live on the road or use the road to go to the Cumberland Elementary School,” Buck said. “Please allow a little extra time for the construction, maybe some delays and be very careful.”

The entire project is set to be finished in the fall of 2015.

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