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
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.
information, visit clineave.com/event-calendar 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
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.