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December 19, 2013

Downtown charity roadblocks moved

Officials: Third and Market more business, traffic friendly

Charity roadblocks in downtown Logansport are moving to a new location.

After receiving complaints from business owners at the roadblocks' former location at the intersection of Broadway and Sixth Street, city officials have designated the intersection of Market and Third streets as the new location for local organizations to solicit donations from drivers.

The Logansport Board of Public Works and Safety approved the measure unanimously Wednesday.

Chris Armstrong, Logansport community development director and a member of the board of public works and safety, said the city had been planning to move the roadblocks to Market and Third streets, but couldn't until Third Street was relinquished by the Indiana Department of Transportation.

The state swapped several roads with the city and Cass County after the completion of the new Ind. 25 Hoosier Heartland Highway in October.

Armstrong and Logansport Mayor Ted Franklin, who chairs the board of public works and safety, both said the new location will be less of a hindrance to business and traffic.

The road is wider at Market and Third streets, allowing traffic to flow more freely. Previous news reports received several online comments from readers saying roadblocks often caused traffic to jam, encouraging drivers to avoid the area.

Lauren Waldron, owner of The Thrifty Shopper near the roadblocks' former location, said her business would decrease by about $300 in a single day when volunteers would be out asking drivers for donations.

The former location was also home to several businesses whose street parking availability was compromised when roadblocks took place.

Businesses at three of the four corners of Market and Third streets have their own parking lots, while one of the corners is occupied by a small park without amenities. However, there are several businesses west of the intersection on the north side of Market Street that rely on street parking.

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