Another potential road closure was halted by the Logansport Board of Public Works & Safety Wednesday.
Safety Services & Supply with Norfolk Southern Railroad applied for the closing of 18th Street from Woodlawn Avenue to Dykeman Street. Traffic would have been re-routed from this area starting 5 a.m. May 19th.
However, the board agreed that shutting down another entry and exit point to the city would be a bad decision. So, they voted it down.
Logansport Police Chief Travis Yike said it was the right choice. He told the three-panel members that he waited 12 minutes for a train to cross at 18th Street Tuesday evening, which was a long enough delay. In an emergency situation, reaching the southside of Logansport would make it extremely difficult if the railroad work had been granted.
Tony Shanks, street commissioner, agreed. He would have no problem with the closure once the 3rd Street Bridge at Melbourne Avenue reopens. But right now, the community is already faced with struggling to get around town with all of the road and bridge work being done, he said, citing 6th Street Bridge repairs as another issue.
“It becomes a safety concern,” said Mayor Chris Martin, explaining why he opted to vote against the railroad’s request.
And making sure city streets have safe passage is a main focus for his administration, said Martin as the board accepted an Indiana Department of Transportation Local Roads and Bridged Matching Grant agreement.
The grant will provide 50 percent of funding for the upcoming George Street work. INDOT will match the cost with $93,513.
The George Street work will run from 11th Street to 22nd Street and include patching. Approximately 1.5 inches of milling, wedge, and level as needed will be done. Additional work will include pavement removal, patching, sidewalk repair, curb ramp installation and replacement, pavement markings, clearing of right-of-way, adjustment of castings, and minor drainage improvements, according to the grant agreement.
The city has four months to submit contractor and material supply contracts to INDOT. A start date for the project has not been released.
The board granted Recreation Director Danielle Terhune’s noise permit request for the July 9th movie event at Muehlhausen Park’s aquatic center. The 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. movie will be a louder-than-normal gathering for the Logansport Parks & Recreation Department, so Terhune is putting the surrounding neighborhoods on notice of the expected noise level.
Shanks reported that the Street Department had a busy April with 161 brush loads picked up and another 70 bags of yard waste. To date, he said that crews have collected approximately 6,069 tons of street sweepings and more than 3,730 tons of mulch.
Mowing has been underway and will continue through the fall.
For property owners, mowing needs to be an ongoing chore as well. So far, Jamey Harper, code enforcement officer, reported 42 first-time notices being sent to people who need to tend to their lawns. Eleven have already remedied the situation.