INDOT awards $18M contract to replace Nine Span Bridge
By Matt Mikus email@example.com December 5, 2012 5:38PM
The Nine Span bridge in Hammond. | File~Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 7, 2013 7:21AM
HAMMOND — The Nine Span Bridge on Indianapolis Boulevard is slated for demolition and replacement after the Indiana Department of Transportation awarded a contract Wednesday of almost $18 million to an Illinois construction company.
Dunnet Bay Construction of Glendale Heights, Ill., will demolish and replace the bridge for $17.99 million.
“That bridge is in need of replacement at this point,” said Matt Deitchley, a spokesman for INDOT. “Just like any kind of structure, it eventually needs to be replaced. That’s where we’re at with this bridge.”
Construction is expected to begin in late December or early January, with completion scheduled for November. No set dates have been determined, and detour routes are under discussion.
Deitchley said starting dates and detour routes should be set by mid-December.
The bridge, south of the South Shore train station in East Chicago, near the border of Hammond and East Chicago, was built in 1935 and spans the Gibson Rail Yards.