Bridge Replacement Could Open Soon

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An $18 million bridge project in Hammond could be complete ahead of schedule. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the Indiana Department of Transportation may open the replacement for the Nine-Span Bridge early next month. The paper says the bridge could open December 9, which is a few weeks earlier than anticipated. Illinois-based Dunnet Bay Construction was awarded the contract to demolish the old bridge and construct the replacement.

The Federal Highway Administration had rated the Nine-Span Bridge as being in "poor" condition. INDOT says officials have not picked out a name for the new bridge. The span stretches over Hammond's Gibson Yard rail facility and provides access to East Chicago and a South Shore train station.

Source: The Times of Northwest Indiana