New Hope for 231 Relocation Project

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Just last month it looked like the 231 Relocation Project wouldn't happen for quite awhile. Read more
Allen

United States

#1 Mar 19, 2008
Cutting the speed limit from 55 to 45 in order to lower the standards of the road being built in order to save money. Then after it is built, the speed limit will be increased to 55 on a road that has lower standards than it should have. A road that not only sees car traffic, but semi truck traffic. As a truck driver I would rather see this road built using 55 mph as the standard because it will mean a safer road.
Failed Concept

Chicago, IL

#2 Mar 20, 2008
The location is the first part of a seriously flawed project plan that has many issues. The only reason 231 seems to run around Purdue Airport is because of the bridge placement.... That should be abandoned in favor of moving the road down River Road west about 2 miles, and then run due north. Take the properties that are in the way. Those few dozen residences have caused this whole project to cost more because moving through Purdue impacts moving so many existing utilities, whereas going west would reduce utility impact costs by 20 million or so. The road will become a local access road eventually, so 45mph is probably a safe bet, as are dozens of cross streets, stop lights (think US31 in Kokomo), and development that has direct access to 231.
Lafayette Resident

United States

#3 Aug 22, 2009
I live in downtown Lafayette and therefore am not personally worried about the proposed route for the relocation of 231. The relocation will not impact my local neighborhood.

That said, I would have to agree with the "Failed Concept" comment. US 231 is a four lane through way. It should not be a local access road. I understand that Purdue wants it closer to campus in order to divert traffic from SR26. I am pessimistic about the reduction of traffic on SR26 because the relocation of 231 is diverting a handful of Purdue commuters. The rest will be traffic between the local neighborhoods on the West Lafayette side and commercial destinations in Lafayette, as well as the usual freight traffic. This will result in a through road with a low speed that clogs up the west side of Purdue's campus. The west side of Purdue's campus has been increasingly residential traffic. Why would you want to throw in the mix of semi-truck traffic? Just widen McCormick and other area roads and divert US 231 farther west. 2 miles west of the proposed relocation is not much a inconvenience. Not to mention that many utility and property headaches will be avoided.
Tim

United States

#4 Oct 21, 2009
I too thought the same as Failed Concept, but after
attending meetings I finally figured out what they are after. The goal is not to get 231 out of West Lafayette, the goal is to provide a belt way road around campus/West Lafayette. This road will have intersections at 26, Cherry Lane, Lindberg, and 52 only. I well remember the first meeting and how the road was being described as a truck bypass. What trucks? The only trucks on 231 are local, otherwise they will stay on 52, 41, or I-65.

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