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Ask The Mayor: West Lafayette's John Dennis On Resolving State Street Traffic Jams

City of West Lafayette
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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.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we quiz West Lafayette’s John Dennis about whether the switch back to two-way traffic actually hurts the flow of cars through what is to become the city’s downtown, in part because the number of cars needing to use the street now is much greater than it was the last time State Street was two-way.

Also, West Lafayette’s police chief says he’ll run against the incumbent Republican sheriff in next May’s GOP primary election.

Mayor Dennis has said he usually takes time before endorsing anyone in a political race, but he threw his support behind Jason Dombkowski within a week of the chief declaring his candidacy.

We ask him what that means for how Republicans think of both the office and its current occupant, with whom the mayor worked when he was a police officer.