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Indiana traffic safety officials hope last year's increase in motorcyclist fatalities isn't the start of a trend.

City of West Lafayette

It’s been about eight months since West Lafayette’s State Street reopened to traffic. And some drivers feel like they’ve spent the majority of that time either waiting in gridlock or watching walk signals cater to non-existent pedestrians.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, a couple listeners want to know what the city is doing to make traffic move more smoothly, and they have a few suggestions for Mayor John Dennis.

City of West Lafayette

West Lafayette’s State Street partially reopened, on time, last month, and drivers have begun getting used to the new traffic patterns.

They’ve had a lot of time to do that because the new architecture leaves them idling in the road for much longer than the old setup did.

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Indiana Department of Transportation officials pitched the department’s proposal for two new J-turn intersections in Logansport Tuesday night. But residents appear to want to put a halt to the idea.

City of West Lafayette

Greater Lafayette residents who complained about traffic snarls last summer are getting their first tastes of what an even more hectic season this summer will be.

This week, construction began on West Lafayette’s State Street and you, the listeners to WBAA’s Ask the Mayor, have many questions. We put all of them that have come in so far to West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis during our next half hour.

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West Lafayette is hoping to minimize the shock of closing one of the city’s most traveled streets by communicating with residents on the front end of the massive State Street overhaul. 

Starting April 1st, State Street will be shut down from University Drive to Airport Road. Segments of Tapawingo Drive and Marsteller Street will also be closed.

City of West Lafayette

The West Lafayette City Council is set to decide the fate of a 600-bed high-rise a developer wants to build just south of State Street.

It’d add more beds to the neighborhood, but might also raise concerns about urban sprawl and the culture of the area just off the Purdue campus.

This week on Ask The Mayor, we speak with West Lafayette’s John Dennis about what impacts he sees from the plan and whether they jibe with his vision for the city.

Also on this week’s show: a number of listener questions about roads around the city.

How can we get more bike lanes?

City of West Lafayette

You might say this week’s Ask The Mayor is all about cameras.

They’re watching us as we drive, and we talk on this week's show about how the city of West Lafayette is trying to use them to streamline traffic.

They’re also on us when police pull us over while driving – and the cost of getting copies of that video may be going up sharply.

Also on today’s show, as construction has gotten going on the periphery of the State Street overhaul, we ask about a couple other ancillary issues.

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Hoosier Motor Club Spokesman Greg Seiter says gas prices for Labor Day weekend will be the lowest in a decade.

This comes as 35.5 million Americans are expected to travel 50 or more miles during the period of Sept. 3 through Sept 7. Seiter says that's the highest number since Labor Day weekend of 2008.

“Well, it certainly does, for most people, mark the end of the busy summer travel season but this is going to be a busy on,” Seiter says. “We’re looking at a projected number that’s going to be higher than we’ve seen in quite a while.”

City of West Lafayette

The I-65 kerfuffle has caused many Greater Lafayette residents to think more about traffic lately – what causes it to back up, what makes it dangerous and what might make it flow more smoothly.

On this week’s Ask The Mayor, we let West Lafayette’s John Dennis have a crack at solving the problems brought about by infrastructure that’s uncoordinated in some places and failing in others.

Also this week: A look at Mayor Dennis’ third term in office, which is assured in November’s election. Is there a sore spot he still wants to address?

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