End in sight for Earl Avenue construction

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Construction on Earl Avenue in Lafayette began last summer, but the city is hoping to have the road open by the end of the year.

Construction continues for much of the road, but Lafayette Water Pollution Control Superintendent Brad Talley said there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

“It’s been a long project,” said Talley. “We started it in last summer, and we’re finally getting to the point where things are going back together. The road is going back in.”

Talley said the section between Kossuth and Main streets on Earl Avenue is paved. Crews are working on approaches for businesses and the side streets.

“We’ll continue to do seeding and sodding, sidewalks and the bike trail the next couple weeks,” explained Talley. “We’ll be striping that section in about two weeks and open it up the third week of September.”

Jack’s Wood Shop has been located off Earl Avenue since 2000. Owner Jack Hughes said the construction is slowing business down a bit.

“For other customers, it’s very inconvenient,” said Hughes. “They’re having to come through alleys, but we give them instructions on how to get here.”

Hughes said the business only has a few parking spots in the back to offer customers. He said even though it is slowing things down, it will be better for the road and is looking forward to the final result.

“The landscaping is going to be overwhelming — the lighting system, the running trails, the sidewalks, the curbs,” said Hughes. “It’s well planned, well thought out.”

Talley said crews will start paving the section between South and Kossuth streets next week. He said they plan to have pipe installation complete between Main and State streets by September.

“I want to thank everyone for their patience, and it will be a very nice corridor when we are complete,” said Talley.

Talley said their main goal is to have the main line finished and Earl Avenue open by the end of the year. Crews will come back next spring to finish sidewalks and seating along the road.

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