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Conceptual rendering of State Street facing southeast towards the David C. Pfendler Hall of Agriculture building near the intersection of State Street and South University Street. 

Photo courtesy of www.statestreetwl.com.

For those of you who didn’t know State Street is currently under construction. Called RE-STATE, this project will reinvent State Street at the heart of Purdue University and West Lafayette, IN. The latest and most intensive phase yet of the State Street Redevelopment Project began on May 15.

The project will transform State Street into an attractive and easy-to-navigate city point of pride—including tree-lined sidewalks, bicycle paths, public art, restaurants with outdoor seating, and more. So the area surrounding campus may be quite different next time you’re in town!

With many students home for the summer, a large portion of State Street (from Salisbury Street to McCormick Road) has been fully closed for construction, with several intersecting streets also having closings or restrictions.

The summer phase of the project is scheduled to end on August 13 in time for students to return, and the next phase will continue through November. The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018, in time for Purdue’s 150-year anniversary.

Buildings along State Street are currently fenced off, but pedestrians are still allowed access to campus and to all businesses in the area. In fact, the Project’s FAQ page encourages everyone to still visit their favorite shops, restaurants, and other businesses, since they will need business more than ever during the construction.

Though it’s bittersweet to see big changes to the street we all know and love, the Redevelopment Project is sure to bring great things to West Lafayette and Purdue. You can check out the project details and community benefits pages to learn more and see renderings.

For the full timeline of construction and road closings, see the 2017 Vehicular Traffic Plan / Schedule.

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