Crews begin moving dirt at GE construction site


LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Construction is underway on State Road 52 for the General Electric Aviation plant.

Crews could be seen excavating and moving dirt around the land Monday. The city of Lafayette issued the permit to do so eight days ago and will be the first of many permits the city will have to issue.

Once the excavation is complete, GE will apply for a permit to lay the foundation.

Mayor Tony Roswarski said with a project this big, it makes it easier to issue permits after each phase of construction.

“Sometimes when they begin to design their building, they decide they want to make changes. They’ve decided they want to do something a little bit differently, so this allows them to start getting that work done and continue on those final designs,” said Roswarski.

The next phase in construction is installing roads, drainage and the foundation of the building.

Roswarski said the city and GE are meeting regularly to keep construction moving smoothly. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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