July 15, 2020

New roundabout opens today at State Road 26 and Newman Road

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The newly constructed roundabout at the State Road 26 and Newman Road intersection, just west of U.S. 231, opens today (July 15). The new roundabout is part of the Newman Road project, which also includes the demolition and reconstruction of the Kankakee, Beaverville and Southern (KB&S) Railroad bridge.

Two main project goals are the enhancement of safety and access in the area. The completion of the roundabout is the first step toward these goals. Upon completion of the overall project later this fall, the roadway under the railroad bridge will accommodate two-way traffic, another important safety and access milestone.

The section of Newman Road from State Road 26 to Benson Drive remains closed at this time, and the following detours remain in place:

  • Sharon Chapel Road will remain the designated alternate route for individuals located west of the closure as shown on the map.
  • Access to Zucrow Labs will continue to be maintained from Airport Road, Aviation Drive and a newly paved access road to the laboratories.
  • Access to Purdue Technology Center Aerospace (PTCA) will continue to be maintained from State Road 26.

On Aug. 1, Newman Road is expected to reopen at Benson Drive and Allison Road. The portion of Newman Road from just east of Allison Road to just west of the entrance to the PTCA will remain closed through the fall. 


Erin Easter, City of West Lafayette, 765-775-5160

Rebecca Terry, Purdue University, 765-494-6916

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