State Street detours coming soon in West Lafayette

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A heads up to drivers who make State Street a part of their daily travel in West Lafayette. In the next two weeks, you may want to wake up a bit earlier.

The goal of the project is to improve traffic safety and mobility around West Lafayette, and starting April 1 drivers will notice the first major closure.

State Street will be closed from University Street to Aiport/McCormick Road through Nov. 30. Martin Jischke Drive, which runs perpendicular to the closure, will remain open. Other road closures include Marsteller Street and Tapawingo Drive.

A real-time construction map with the latest traffic information on State Street is up and running.

Development director Erik Carlson encourages people to continue to visit and shop in West Lafayette. He does not want people to be discouraged by detours.

“Where State Street itself through The Village is closed down, there’s going to be pedestrian access,” said Carlson. “You’re going to be able to find parking, all that’s going to be there, and we want the businesses that are in West Lafayette to have as little impact as possible throughout this process.”

Carlson said State Street in The Village will be shut down from May 15 through Aug. 11.

On Thursday, two public meetings will be held regarding the State Street Project. This first will be at noon at the Purdue University Stewart Center. The second will be at 5:30 p.m in the West Lafayette Public Library.

“We went through a lot of work with this contract to make sure that access is still there, so that people can come take part in West Lafayette even during the great reconstruction of State Street,” Carlson said.