TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — It’s been nearly a year since the beginning of a multi-phased construction plan on the North side of Terre Haute.
Under the newest construction phase, it will include the expansion of eastbound traffic lanes on Lafayette Avenue near 25th street. Director of Inspection, Brad Utz said it’s a project that’s been overdue.
“The need of it, especially more towards the South end just the two lanes, people trying to turn into the restaurants and things like that and back up traffic. It’s just an outdated road, there’s no sidewalks out there,” Utz said.
The phased plan includes the addition of a continuous turn lane, storm sewers, walk-ways, and ultimately, resurfacing.
Longtime Terre Haute residents Jason and Carolyn Farrand say the construction will add a crucial piece to the area.
“There’s a lot of places we thought where they needed sidewalks, especially in the Old Pages on the North end, people just walk through it and it’s open fields. But, now they’re getting that and curbs and expanding the roads, I think it’s going to be helpful in a lot of ways,” Jason Farrand said.
One of the challenges the project has faced is maintaining traffic flow, even with implementing nearby detours.
Currently drivers are unable to turn North on Lafayette Avenue and nearby roads are reduced to one lane only.
“With all the businesses and restaurants in that little stretch near South 25th Street, you just can’t close it. We’re doing it under traffic so it takes a little longer and it’s a safety issue,” Utz said.
What the Farrands say this project will help solve are on-going traffic issue the city of Terre Haute is facing, such as adding on time to their everyday trips.
“Traffic just in geez the last 20 years has picked up in the North end and it’s getting more and more people and I know we’re trying to get more and more businesses down here. So, I think honestly, this will be good, once it’s gets done. I can’t wait,” Carolyn Farrand said.