LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Some major changes are coming to Sagamore Parkway in Lafayette during the next few years. Last week, the Board of Works approved a $30 million project that’s scheduled to begin this fall.
“I drive Sagamore Parkway every day, and I don’t know how long my truck will last because it’s so rough,” Lafayette resident Terry Maxwell said.
Another resident Linda Brown agrees, “There are a ton of pot holes and a ton of bumps. Especially in the winter, I almost had an accident. I ran into a hole out here.”
There is a common theme among drivers when it comes to driving on one of Lafayette’s busiest roads.
“It’s terrible! It’s been bad since it’s been built,” Maxwell thinks.
Jason Welch the manager at Aqua Systems said, “It’s also very dangerous, actually.”
But beginning this fall, $30 million worth of renovations will get underway.
“Included in that are some additional turning lanes at Greenbush Street,” Lafayette City Engineer Jenny Leshney said. “We’ll have some retaining walls there. We’ll have a trail segment from Union to Greenbush.”
Leshney said they will also be raising a portion of the road between Union and Greenbush, in order to improve roadway drainage. Welsh said his business is located on Sagamore and said when it rains it pours where his store is located.
“The worst part about everything is when it rains, it’s awful,” Welsh said. “The flooding here is just crazy. We have a river that ends up running right past us pretty much.
Leshney said drivers won’t only be able to tell the difference while driving on the road, but she says the entire look to Sagamore Parkway is about to change.
“We’ll have new planters and rain gardens. We’ll have all new lighting, new sidewalks on both sides,” Leshney explained. “The whole goal is to make this look less like a state highway and more like a community or city street that we can all be proud of.”
Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski said, “That section of the community has great po tential for new development and even different types of development. I think this is going to make a big difference for a whole section of town that really runs through a big chunk of Lafayette.”
But with all the excitement about the new changes, Roswarski reminds drivers that some major headaches are also on the way during the next few years.
“We really want people to start thinking about that right now,” said Roswarski. “Think about how might I adjust my travel schedules as this gets closer. We want to be able to get that work done as safely and as timely for everyone involved.”
Leshney said they are hoping to start taking bids on the project sometime next month. The entire project will take about two years.
The city has launched a website for residents to keep track of new road closures and traffic delays, Leshney told News 18. If you would like to check it out, click here.