June 20, 2013

Frontier plans to reroute bridge cables

Company aims to precede work on Third Street bridge

by Mitchell Kirk Pharos-Tribune

---- — 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.

The board will readdress the matter at its meeting next Wednesday.

In other news, the board also:

• Ordered the demolition of a garage at 529 Washington Street on June 24 if the owner, George Oleszkewyez of Peru, fails to clear the structure himself.

• Approved the retirement of William Jesse Huggins, a 1st Sergeant with the Logansport Police Department. Police Chief Mike Clark informed the board of another upcoming retirement as well, adding that the department has two possible recruits currently finishing at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and one who has been offered a job and is currently undergoing medical testing.

• Approved the street closing of Jefferson Street behind Logan’s Shooters Bar & Grill, 1034 17th St., for the bar’s block party from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. July 6.

• Approved two electricians’ licenses.