Dickey Road reopens after bridge troubles

2011-07-25T12:28:00Z 2011-07-26T10:21:56Z Dickey Road reopens after bridge troublesBy Jeff Burton jeff.burton@nwi.com, (219) 548-4354 nwitimes.com

EAST CHICAGO | Malfunctioning switches on the Dickey Road Bridge caused headaches for commuters Monday morning.

Jim Pinkerton, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation's LaPorte District, said a series of malfunctioning switches on the automated bridge in East Chicago caused the bridge to be stuck in the up position early Monday.

Crews, he said, were able to manually lower the bridge about 8:30 a.m. and reopen the road, which is part of the rerouted Cline Avenue.

In addition to Monday's closure, Pinkerton said the bridge also had issues Saturday, when it wouldn't go up for ships trying to move through the canal.

Crews are expected to be on the scene throughout the day. Pinkerton said a series of switches will be replaced to prevent further issues.

The drawbridge plays an integral part in INDOT's rerouting of traffic from the former Cline Avenue extension onto Dickey Road, Riley Road and Michigan Avenue and back to Cline Avenue.

Before turning the bridge over to the state last year, East Chicago officials said the bridge sometimes won't go up or will stay in the up position after a barge goes past, leading to road closures.

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