Explosives firm sued over Cline Ave. bridge demolition

2014-03-20T10:00:00Z 2014-03-20T23:34:03Z Explosives firm sued over Cline Ave. bridge demolitionBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com
March 20, 2014 10:00 am  • 

HAMMOND | Walsh Construction Company filed suit in federal court this week claiming an explosives firm erred when demolishing the Cline Avenue bridge in 2012, which cost Walsh and other companies money.

Walsh, which placed its losses at $2.1 million, is seeking reimbursement and legal fees from Chicago Explosive Services and PMG Industrial.

The suit claims the explosives firm was supposed to demolish two spans of the bridge over the Indiana Harbor Canal in East Chicago on Oct. 11, 2012, and direct the debris to fall on land. The sections fell into the canal instead, damaging the crash wall and sheet piling walls of two piers, according to the suit.

Walsh said in its suit it was contractually obligated to repair the damage at a cost of nearly $2.1 million. The repairs forced the channel to be closed, which delayed work for other firms, resulting in a further financial loss.

A request for comment left at Chicago Explosive Services was not returned.

The seven-count lawsuit claims breach of contract and negligence.

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