updated: 10/17/2011 7:45:34 AM
The Indiana Department of Transportation is accepting bids on demolition of the Cline Avenue Bridge and construction of a new exit ramp in the area. INDOT says the northwest Indiana projects will not interfere with proposals being considered to privately build a new bridge.
October 14, 2011
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. - As it considers two private proposals to build a new Cline Avenue bridge, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is moving forward with improvements that will not conflict with either proposal.
Bids to demolish the existing unsafe structure are expected to be opened on November 30. Demolition may begin as early as this winter and be completed by the end of 2012.
Bids to construct a new exit ramp for eastbound State Road 912/Cline Avenue to Riley Road are expected to be opened in February 2012. The ramp - also known as "Ramp D" - will open to traffic in late 2012.
INDOT Commissioner Michael B. Cline met today with East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland to discuss the two unsolicited proposals that would leverage private investor funds to build a new Cline Avenue bridge.
The first proposal is a long-term financing arrangement by a team of Winners Development, Balfour Beatty PLC, Parsons Brinckerhoff and National Standard Finance LLC. The investors would finance, design, build and operate a bridge in exchange for state payments, as long as the road is open to the public under the standards dictated by contract.
The second proposal would be an entirely private venture by a team of FIGG Engineering Group, Lane Construction Corp. and American Infrastructure Funds. The group would build a new Cline Avenue bridge as a private toll bridge with no financial assistance from the state.
Source: Indiana Department of Transportation