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
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.