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State transfers right of way of demolished Cline Avenue bridge to make way for new toll road

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EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) - The Indiana Department of Transportation has transferred the right of way from the demolished Cline Avenue Bridge in East Chicago to a company that plans to build a private toll bridge.

INDOT and the city of East Chicago agreed last year to transfer the right of way to a group that plans to use private funds to build a new bridge that will use non-stop, all-electronic tolling. As part of the deal the group has agreed to do $3 million in resurfacing work on a road leading to the bridge.

State transportation officials say once the group completes the permit process it should take about two years to build the bridge.

The state shut down the original bridge in 2009 after inspections showed it was dangerously weak.

The new Cline Avenue Bridge will employ non-stop, all-electronic toll collection using the best technology available when it opens to traffic. Two basic payment programs are planned to welcome ridership by all users, both locals and visitors. Transponders that are already used for regional toll systems like the Indiana Toll Road will be able to recognize the unique frequency assigned to this crossing. For drivers without transponders, the other option will be to “pay by plate” where the license plate is recognized and a bill is sent in the mail.



Posted 6/26/2013