by Amie Sites
The recently banned left-hand turn from U.S. 24 onto Logansport Road has been lifted.
Matt Deitchley, media relations director for the LaPorte district of the Indiana Department of Transportation, said the elimination of the left-hand turn came as a result of a study by INDOT engineers.
Deitchley said they altered the plan so they could re-allow left-hand turns. INDOT added yellow guide lines so people will have room to stop at the median and avoid congestion.
“People who live in the area expressed concern about not being able to turn onto Logansport Road,” Deitchley said. “Traffic in that area is so low we didn’t think it would affect people. We wanted to find a happy medium.”
State police have previously said the lane was eliminated for safety purposes and they have worked a few fatal crash at the intersection.
Logansport and Cass County officials were not previously notified about the change, but Sheriff Randy Pryor said he was contacted when the ban was lifted.
“They contacted me a few days before they changed it back and said they had received a few complaints,” Pryor said. “I haven’t been out there to observe it since they changed it, but as long as people stop at the stop sign and stop in the middle, it should be OK.”
Tony Slocum, Indiana State Police public information officer of the Peru post, said he is in favor of anything promoting safety at that location, including the additional guide lines.
“The changes probably cause some confusion for folks who travel the road every day, so people need to pay attention to that,” Slocum said. “I don’t see it as a being a problem.”
Pryor said motorists need to stop in the middle and take another look before they proceed. Pryor said the lifted ban on the left-hand turn could help absorb Hoosier Heartland traffic.
Deitchley said it wasn’t a major project to lift the ban. They repainted lines and added some guide lines to follow so people can be happy and safe.
“Indiana motorists are a resilient bunch and will adjust to it,” Slocum said. “We’re trying to find a better way to keep people safe and INDOT is doing that too.”
Amie Sites is a reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.