WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The West Lafayette Board of Works approved on Tuesday a contract to extend Cherry Lane.
As News 18 previously reported, the extension will run from McCormick Road to U.S. 231.
The project plans include adding a roundabout to the McCormick intersection, as well as making the roadway more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.
City Engineer Ed Garrison said the goal is to help with traffic flow throughout Purdue University on game days.
“Other than trying to go up and down McCormick or Cherry Lane, you get straight out to [U.S.] 231 where there’s already four lanes,” he explained. “This will be a great outlet for a lot of the vehicles that are trying to get around campus.”
Garrison says this will be beneficial for West Lafayette in the long run.
“It’s something we shouldn’t have to touch for another 20, 30, 40 years,” he said. “And that’s the long-term goal of what we’re doing here is revamping what are city is, where it’s going, and how we’ll get there.”
The project is expected to cost $4 million to $5 million paid through federal funding.