May 7, 2013

Culvert replacement to close part of Cliff Drive until August

by Mitchell Kirk

LOGANSPORT — The Cass County Highway Department is preparing to replace what the department’s superintendent says is an old, deteriorated culvert on Cliff Drive in order to improve drainage on the road. It’s a project that will last most of the summer.

The culvert is located on Cliff Drive just west of South Cicott Street and crosses Goose Creek, which runs into the Wabash River.

“It’s very old and in deteriorating condition,” said Jeff Smith, superintendent of the highway department.

Smith said he expects construction to begin in early June, depending on how high the Wabash River is.

“If the river is still as high as it is now, it might have to be delayed,” he said.

Smith added he hopes to have the project finished and that part of the road reopened in time for school to start in August.

“If we can get started on time, that shouldn’t be a problem at all,” he said.

The new culvert has already been ordered, Smith said, and the contract that’s been drafted states the contractor will take on tearing out the old one and putting in the new.

Three bids have been submitted for the project. Bids included Deichman Excavating, Logansport, for $184,900; La Porte-based La Porte Construction for $280,250; and Lafayette-based Rieth-Riley for $358,760.

Cass County commissioners voted Monday to allow the highway department to take the bids under advisement.

“Generally, we accept the low bid unless there’s a huge problem,” Smith said, adding he would recommend the awarding of a bid at the commissioners meeting May 20.

As the culvert is just outside of Logansport city limits, Smith said he would be notifying the city as the time for construction approaches.

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or