Logansport bridge set to close

The Market Street bridge closes for a year starting tomorrow.

Posted: Jun. 27, 2018 6:30 PM
Updated: Jun. 27, 2018 6:31 PM

A major bridge reconstruction project is set to begin tomorrow in Logansport.

The Market Street bridge will be shut down between Front Street and Eel River Avenue.
The bridge will be torn down and replaced.
Construction crews have already begun preparing for the project.

It's one of just three bridges across the Eel River in the whole town - and it's the busiest, leading right into downtown.
The construction along Market Street will create new traffic patterns within Logansport.

When asked about about a resulting increase in traffic, Allen Crist said it's bound to happen.
"It's definitely going to add extra drive time and other places that aren't normally congested are going to start getting congested," said Crist.

Shalee Seabolt believes the detour will not be as big a problem as many think.
"You can get around the bridge pretty easily by going just a few blocks out of the way," said Seabolt.

Lyle Johnson thinks the construction will add additional confusion to an already challenging intersection.
"When you turn off of Burlington, there's no signal there so you'll have to wait for people coming over the bridge over there, so there's going to be a lot of confusion, maybe accidents," said Johnson.

Several fear that the construction will have a negative impact on local business, but Seabolt believes the community's commitment to local businesses won't change.
"Around here since it's such a small town if you visit one of those places, to get your car repaired or something, usually if you know that where you want to go, you're going to do whatever you can to go there," said Seabolt.

Indiana Department of Transportation's Media Relations Director Adam Parkhouse understands the frustration drivers are showing.
"Obviously this is a well travelled road and as with any major thoroughfare whenever we're doing work like this, you know there is going to be some inconveniences to locals. We're obviously aware of that and we do work really hard to minimize those," said Parkhouse.

The bridge dates to 1930, and it hasn't been worked on since 1986.
Construction is set to begin tomorrow, with completion expected July of 2019.

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