November 6, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: Drivers don't know they're passing by Logansport


---- — Drivers don’t knowthey’re in Logansport

Yes, I have driven through the Burlington Avenue interchange — through being the most important word. On Thursday, Oct. 31, I was returning from the Delphi area to Logansport, planning to use the Burlington Avenue exchange to enter Logansport.

As I traveled eastbound, past homes that I recognized, I lowered my speed to look for signs, since that was the first time I had used the Hoosier Heartland Corridor since the last portion was opened. I saw an off ramp directing travelers to Monticello, Rochester and LaPorte, but not to Logansport. As I passed over what I recognized to be Burlington Avenue, I realized that off ramp I had passed an eighth to a quarter mile back was the one I should have taken. I moved to the left lane, knowing there was another exit out by Ivy Tech, and slowed down even more.

At that off ramp, turning to the left, I made a legal U-turn and headed back west toward Burlington Avenue on the HHC. I took the first ramp, now realizing that by giving directions (i.e. the road signs) to LaPorte, Rochester and Monticello, the state must have assumed that I knew Logansport was between me and all three of those destinations. Had I not recognized some of the houses I was passing while eastbound on the HHC, I likely would have traveled quite a way past Logansport.

Again, if I was not familiar with the area, I can guarantee when I reached Peru or Kokomo, I would not have turned around and driven back westbound looking for Logansport to spend the wad of money in my pocket just itching to be spent. If Logansport is wanting to grow, the state should be notified that it is unsafe to drive with an open map draped over the steering wheel to aid them in finding Logansport.

Jack L. Fultz