RDA, airport want Cline Avenue bridge rebuilt
July 26, 2011 4:26PM
The closed portion of Cline Avenue as seen on July 13,2011. | Scott M. Bort~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 2, 2011 1:51PM
The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority and the Gary/Chicago International Airport are joining forces to press the state to rebuild the Cline Avenue bridge.
RDA Executive Director Bill Hanna said at Tuesday’s RDA meeting that the two groups were putting together data to support the need to rebuild the bridge. Both groups have sent a letter to Gov. Mitch Daniels and the Indiana Department of Transportation detailing their support for the rebuilding of the elevated bridge between Michigan and Calumet avenues. INDOT closed the bridge
in 2009 because of structural deficiencies.
“The governor has allowed for a period of time for Northwest Indiana to discuss how to replace the bridge,” said Hanna.
He said the two groups are putting together data that goes beyond traffic counts to support its proposal. He said the proposal would include the type of traffic using the bridge and the businesses and industries that benefit from access to the bridge.
INDOT wants to demolish the bridge and designate a new route using Riley and Dickey roads in East Chicago.
Post-Tribune staff report