John T. Myers pedestrian bridge

Lafayette Mayor's Office

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski was an invited guest to this week’s State of the State address. This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we get his feelings on Governor Pence touting Indiana’s gun laws – even as Lafayette is seeing firearms used in some of the increasing number of violent crimes it’s experiencing.

Also on today’s show: the Mayor said a couple months ago he’d be glad to stop hearing questions about the Myers bridge, but some still linger.

Sarah Fentem / WBAA

On Sunday afternoon, a handful of pedestrians, steeling themselves against the frigid January temperatures, made their way across the Wabash, their collars turned against the riverfront wind. 

The cold weather made celebrating unreasonable, but the day marked the first weekend pedestrians were able to walk across the Myers Bridge after months of construction delays.

City of Lafayette

Voters last week overwhelmingly returned Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski to office, as expected.

This week, on Ask The Mayor, we get his fourth term started by talking about the city's infrastructure needs in the next four years.

Also on today’s program, we ask what the mayor thinks his electorate wants in terms of places to eat.

Is it enough to bring in a bunch of chains on the outskirts of town and a bunch of diners and sports bars downtown – or does Lafayette need a place to set itself apart?

Lafayette Mayor's Office

Last month, we asked Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski about the John Myers pedestrian bridge's readiness for some fall festivals. He said the bridge might be ready in time. A couple weeks later, WBAA first learned of the railing issues that keep the bridge closed even now.

A week after that, Roswarski formally announced the bridge’s railings had some major issues.

Sloppy Workmanship Further Delays Bridge Reopening

Sep 3, 2015
John Meyers Pedestrian Bridge
Sarah Fentem / WBAA

The City of Lafayette has been struggling to reopen the John T. Myers pedestrian bridge for the last two months, but has been thwarted by uncooperative weather, structural issues and delivery problems.

Now, it can add sub-par workmanship to that list. Sloppily-made railings for the bridge arrived two weeks ago, and it was immediately apparent they couldn’t be installed until they were repaired, pushing the opening date to mid-October at the earliest.

Lafayette Mayor's Office

Even though the traditional start of the construction season is still a few months away, the City of Lafayette is already looking to some of its new projects.

On this edition of Ask The Mayor, we chat with Tony Roswarski about changes to Riehle Plaza, possible improvements for the city’s waterfront and areas of the city that can expect to see dilapidated streets fixed when spring rolls around.

And speaking of those streets – a listener wants to know: when they’re closed down, what sorts of accommodations are made for nearby businesses?

John T. Myers bridge to get facelift in 2014

Oct 29, 2013
Indiana Office of Tourism

The pedestrian bridge between Lafayette and West Lafayette will be closed from time to time next year due to construction.

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski says the work will prevent festivals from using the venue, but pedestrians will have access most of the time.

“We’ll try to keep an 8-10 feet wide area where people can walk back and forth while we work on different sections, but there will be some times when it will be totally closed.”

The state is taking public comments on repairs proposed for the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge over the Wabash River. At this time, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management is considering water quality.

Work will stabilize and seal the four piers under the bridge. That calls for the area of fill around each one to be excavated and then large rocks or stones, known as riprap, will be placed flush with the existing stream bed elevation.

Repairs to Lafayette pedestrian bridge at least a year away

Dec 18, 2012

Repairs to the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge are expected to cost around $2.6-million.

Lafayette is responsible for roughly $524,000. Federal funds will pay for the rest.

Work will include rebuilding the bridge deck, replacing the elevators, and installing a handicap-accessible ramp.

But officials say construction is at least a year away because of the environmental and safety permits the city must obtain.

They say the pedestrian bridge is not a safety concern as of now, but could become one depending on how long the rehab takes.