by Mitchell Kirk
---- — Truck traffic in a Logansport neighborhood has been sparking concerns among residents, the solution for which relies on the result of finalizing the city’s annexation and increasing signage, an official says.
Routes in the city direct truck traffic heading west on U.S. 35 to ABC Metals Inc. on Clinton Street by having the trucks turn north onto Beckman Drive, cross Clinton Street and drive onto the facility’s lot.
However, Logansport Superintendent of Public Works Dan Williams said GPS units will often navigate drivers to continue past Beckman Drive and turn north onto Humphrey Street, a designated truck route, then onto Clinton Street, where trucks are prohibited.
For trucks turning off of Ind. 29 to head east on U.S. 35 to ABC Metals, it is not possible to turn north onto Beckman Drive. Trucks are supposed to turn around at Humphrey Street to head west on U.S. 35 in order to take the right turn at Beckman to reach the company, Williams said.
However, many trucks turn north on Humphrey before turning west on the truck-prohibited Clinton.
Because the residential Clinton Street is quite narrow, several who live in the area have concerns about trucks travelling through the neighborhood.
“Too many semis,” said Isidoro Caudillo-Fernandez, who lives on Clinton Street, adding that he counted eight drive by his house in one day recently. He said he worries when his grandchildren come over to play.
Clinton Street residents Nathan and Michelle Allen, with five children between the two of them, said they have concerns over the traffic on the street in general.
“It’s a very busy road,” Michelle Allen said. “There are a lot of children who play in this area.”
Michelle Allen said she would like to see the street’s 30 mph speed limit lowered, although she wasn’t sure if drivers would follow it.
The part of U.S. 35 near ABC Metals is included in the city’s plans to annex territories south of town. If and when the annexation becomes complete, Williams said the city could create a left turn lane onto Beckman Drive for trucks heading east on U.S. 35, allowing easier access to ABC Metals.
“If the annexation goes through, we could fix it within weeks,” Williams said.
Increasing signage in the area should help as well, Williams added, along with encouraging management at ABC Metals to remind drivers of the proper truck routes.
Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him: @PharosMAK