by Mitchell Kirk
Logansport and Cass County officials are hammering out the details of an improvement project along 18th Street that was planned during the city’s previous administration and has since undergone changes.
The city’s previous administration, under Mayor Mike Fincher, had originally planned an improvement project on 18th Street starting from Broadway and heading south that included a roundabout at the intersection of 18th Street and Main Street.
Logansport Mayor Ted Franklin and the current city council have since decided to scale down the project, nixing the roundabout and deciding to improve 18th Street south of the bridge by widening the road, redesigning the intersection at Main Street, adding turn lanes at intersections and improving drainage by repairing culverts.
“The project is designed to improve traffic through there,” Franklin said. “With the completion of the Hoosier Heartland, we believe it could be utilized more.”
The Hoosier Heartland, a new four-lane highway that will connect Lafayette to Fort Wayne, runs south of the city and is expected to be completed in November.
The project is estimated to cost about $1.5 million, with 80 percent of it being funded by a grant from the Indiana Department of Transportation.Franklin said INDOT has estimated the city’s contribution will be about $260,000.
Cass County has also agreed to assist with the project by contributing about $100,000 that will go toward the culvert repairs.
Cass County Commissioner Jim Sailors said he was thankful the city and the county were able to team up on the project.
“It’ll end up costing a lot less than it would if we had to do the culverts ourselves,” Sailors said.
The city and county are currently awaiting final cost estimates upon the completion of a plan being drafted by engineers with United Consulting out of Indianapolis.
Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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