While the focus recently has been on keeping the streets clear of snow and ice, area departments are gearing up for numerous road and street projects. The Logansport Planning Department would like the public to be aware of the following projects that are scheduled to take place in 2019:
MARKET STREET BRIDGE
The official completion date for the Market Street Bridge has been pushed back to late August, due to a delay caused by relocation of a phone line. The bridge remains closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Update as of July 9: The Market Street bridge is currently expected to reopen by the end of September.
Update as of Sept. 28: About ¾ of the deck had been poured as of Sept. 17, but there’s still a good amount of work left on the east end. INDOT is anticipating the project wrapping up by the end of the year.
MELBOURNE AVENUE – CLOSED AS OF FEB. 18, 2019
One of the most visible projects will be LMU’s multimillion-dollar Melbourne Avenue wet weather (stormwater) project, scheduled to begin the week of February 4, 2019. This project will involve stacking two 10-foot diameter pipes under the roadway along Melbourne Avenue, from Eel River Avenue, east to 5th Street. They’ll also be constructing a pump station at 1st and Melbourne. Construction is expected to take about two years and Melbourne Avenue will be closed for the duration. Work that will close the intersection of 3rd Street and Melbourne Avenue for about a month is scheduled to take place after the Market Street bridge re-opens.
The project is part of a federal requirement to reduce overflows of wastewater into the rivers during heavy rainfall. The pipes will store water during heavy rains, then gradually release the water back to LMU’s sewage collection system to be treated at LMU’s wastewater plant.
PAVING WORK IN LOGANSPORT
The Logansport Street Department’s paving plan for 2019 includes the following areas:
• Helm Street (from Wilkinson to Park)
• West Linden (from Barron to 3rd)
• Market Street (from 1st St. to the bridge)
• Eel River Avenue (from 3rd to Market)
• Broadway (from 3rd to Eel River Avenue)
The city also plans to apply for the Community Crossings grant with the intention of being able to pave High Street from 3rd Street to 24th Street if the grant is received.
Timelines for milling and paving of each area will be announced a few days in advance.
The Logansport Street Department’s plans also include new sidewalks on Eel River Avenue from 3rd Street to Market.
Bids for converting 4th and 5th Streets in downtown Logansport from one-way to two-way came in unexpectedly high, and the Logansport City Council has put the project on hold.
OTHER PROJECTS IN CASS COUNTY
Construction on Phase 3 of Cass County Road 400S will begin soon, weather permitting, and will be completed by early fall. This phase runs from near 300W to 175W. Find additional updates on this project here.
Cass County’s road program for paving and chip seal is normally finalized by early June and will be released once final.
The Cass County Highway Department says there are also several INDOT projects on the schedule this year:
• Road resurfacing and bridge deck overlay on US 35 from Galveston to Howard County Road 80W;
• Bridge replacement on US 24 over the Panhandle Pathway (near Carter Block);
• Substructure repair and rehab on Monticello Road bridges over Burlington Avenue;
• Curve correction project on SR 25 near CR 300N;
• Bridge painting on US 35 over US 24/West Market Street (Dunkirk exchange).
SOURCE: News release from Logansport Planning Department