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Lake County bridges to get fixes this year

Updated: March 11, 2013 6:45AM



A number of bridge projects are set to get under way this year despite county officials displacing $2 million from the cumulative capital bridge fund to balance the 2013 budget.

The Columbia Avenue bridge over the Little Calumet River linking Munster and Hammond, the Broad Street bridge over Turkey Creek near Schererville and the Colfax Street bridge over Brown Ditch in south Lake County near Lowell will all get some attention this year.

Lake County Board of Commissioners agreed last week to pay for half the cost of reconstructing the Columbia Avenue bridge in a deal with the town of Munster, city of Hammond and the Little Calumet River Basin Commission. The commission will pay for 25 percent of the work and Hammond and Munster will split the rest of the cost.

In a separate measure commissioners took under advisement bids for emergency repairs on the Colfax Street bridge. A letter of recommendation for JCI Bridge Group in an amount not to exceed $47,900 was ratified. Colfax Street has been closed to through traffic at the bridge since last summer.

Commissioners also approved a consulting contract with Beam, Longest and Neff LLC to oversee the construction of the replacement of the Broad Street bridge for an amount not to exceed $105,000. The project began in 2009 and now will move forward.

A fourth bridge, the Lake County Fairgrounds timber-covered bridge, has been added to the Lake County 2010-2012 countywide bridge inspection program. The cost is not to exceed $20,430 and the county will pay a 20 percent match of just over $4,000.



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