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June 20, 2013

Frontier plans to reroute bridge cables

Company aims to precede work on Third Street bridge

A communications company is seeking permission from Logansport officials to use the city’s right-of-way along part of Miami Avenue to reroute cables running along the Third Street bridge to cabinets before the Indiana Department of Transportation begins work on the bridge this fall.

Thomas Mack of Frontier Communications presented the plan to the Logansport Board of Public Works and Safety Wednesday.

Mack said the company is planning to remove its cables that run along the bridge connecting Third Street across the Eel River to three new cabinets along Miami Avenue and requested permission to use the city’s right-of-way should property owners refuse to allow work on their easements.

“We’re asking to to go into the city’s right-of-way and run the conduit out adjacent to Miami Avenue to Third Street,” Mack said, adding that the company hopes to have the cables rerouted before the Indiana Department of Transportation begins repairs on the bridge this fall.

Matt Deitchley, media relations director at INDOT, said repairs will include replacing the concrete deck of the bridge.

“We will begin the project as soon as all utilities are relocated,” Deitchley said in an email.

The board moved to take the request under advisement in order to determine the requirements for notifying the public and confer with other city departments that may have to be involved.

Logansport Mayor Ted Franklin, who chairs the board, said the Logansport Board of Zoning Appeals and Logansport Municipal Utilities may have to provide input on the matter.

Franklin also expressed another concern regarding the possibility of Miami Avenue turning into a two-way street.

“I have a concern that if Miami Avenue ever turned into a two-way, [the cabinets] could obstruct the view of east-bound traffic,” he said.

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