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Cline Avenue Bridge rebuild advances in East Chicago

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Cline Avenue Bridge LLC, the private company rebuilding East Chicago’s Cline Avenue Bridge, is announcing that it’s erected the first 100 segments comprising the bridge’s superstructure, the portion of the bridge which sits atop the columns and includes the driving surface.

It will take 685 segments to form the completed bridge, and this milestone marks that progress is well on its way, the company said in a statement released on Friday.

“Weighing between 60 and 90 tons, each single-cell box girder segment is made of high-strength concrete and engineered for its exact location within the structure,” the company noted. “Its geometry offers strength without added weight and will allow maintenance and inspection personnel to access the bridge from the inside without causing traffic disruptions. The first 100 segments have been erected at the west abutment, and are visible by taking the Riley Road entrance to Cline Avenue from Ramp B.”

“Once the support columns were built, most of the fabrication was happening behind the scenes,” said Terry Velligan, the company’s general manager of operations. “We’re excited that the community is now able to see the project’s advancement and can visualize the importance of the Cline Avenue Bridge as ‘The Gateway of Lake County.’”

The public can also see the Cline Avenue Bridge taking shape during Sidewalk Talks, a series of free monthly events allowing individuals to go behind the scenes of the project. The next Sidewalk Talks will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Cline Avenue Bridge headquarters, 219 Riley Road in East Chicago. Registration is not required.

For more information, visit or call (219) 276-8902.

Cline Avenue Bridge LLC is owned by United Bridge Partners (UBP), a private infrastructure company that finances, designs, builds, owns, and operates private toll bridges across the U.S. UBP is funded by a $1 billion capital commitment from the New American Bridges Fund, an affiliate of American Infrastructure Funds, and uses no local, state, or federal financing to accomplish private bridge projects.

The Cline Avenue Bridge will reconnect Ind. 912 to the Chicago Skyway and serve as “The Gateway of Lake County” while providing the most direct route into Lake County and the most time-saving route to Chicago.



Posted 8/12/2019





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