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State moves ahead with plan to raze Cline Ave bridge

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EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Department of Transportation is moving ahead with plans to demolish a northwest Indiana highway bridge that has been closed for safety reasons since 2009 after a nearby casino missed a deadline for a $35 million contribution to rebuild it.

LaPorte District Deputy Commissioner Mike McPhillips said Friday the proposal from Ameristar Casino to help rebuild the Cline Avenue Bridge “has not worked out.”

The Post-Tribune of Merrillville says the state had wanted a decision from Ameristar by June 23, but a casino spokesman said management was holding off to monitor a proposed gambling expansion in nearby Illinois.

INDOT says it will reroute traffic on nearby roads rather than build a new bridge. Demolition will begin later this year, with construction on the new route to follow next year.



Posted 7/5/2011