Ask The Mayor: West Lafayette's John Dennis On Crash Stats, Construction Cost Overruns

Jan 2, 2020

Will the city have to more closely track so-called "change orders" that can bulk up construction project costs?
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

t’s getting harder for leaders of Indiana cities to predict how much their municipal construction projects are going to cost. A lack of trained workers in the state has left construction firms in high demand – and with the ability to charge rates much higher than in the past. So as the City of West Lafayette signs off on documents proclaiming its renovation of the Morton Center into its new city hall will cost $13 million, how much can those numbers really be trusted?

We put that question to West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis this week on WBAA’s first Ask The Mayor show of 2020.

Also on this week’s show, we take a deep dive into the city’s automobile crash statistics from the past year – and try to determine what they say about the way people are driving in town.