Construction to begin on Lafayette’s riverside promenade

WLFI File Photo
WLFI File Photo

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A casual stroll along the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge is something Lafayette residents Sharon Bateman and Woodrow Doyle try to do together daily.

“I enjoy the water,” said Doyle. “I enjoy walking on the bridge. The whole scenery downtown is growing all the time.”

That scenery is about to change — to the benefit of those like Bateman and Doyle.

On Thursday, city and county officials broke ground on a riverside promenade. It’s all part of a master plan by the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation.

“It provides an accessible route to connect the city of West Lafayette to Lafayette and Purdue University and to the river front and to the Wabash River Heritage Trail,” explained WREC executive director Stanton Lambert.

The walkway will connect the Columbia Street Bridge to the pedestrian bridge. The promenade will also give access to the MARQ building currently under construction.

Lambert said the project will provide one more thing to draw people to downtown.

“It creates an accessible walking route that the entire community can benefit from,” added Lambert.

That’s something Doyle said he looks forward to using.

“The more you’ve got to offer the more people you’re going to have to make your city grow,” said Lambert. “You’ve got to offer something.”

Lambert said project planning was funded by Tippecanoe County, West Lafayette, Lafayette and the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation. North Central Health Services provided a construction grant.

Construction is scheduled to be complete by October 2017.