MLK Bridge open to traffic, four days earlier than planned

2012-10-23T08:23:00Z 2012-10-23T14:22:03Z MLK Bridge open to traffic, four days earlier than plannedTimes Staff nwitimes.com
October 23, 2012 8:23 am  • 

GARY | The Martin Luther King Drive Bridge over the Borman Expressway opened to motorists Monday afternoon, Indiana Department of Transportation representatives said Tuesday morning.

On Monday morning, an INDOT spokesman said the bridge was set to open on Friday.

Construction of the $3.1 million project began in May after crews demolished the old structure. The City of Gary and INDOT maintained Martin Luther King Drive on either side of the bridge during construction.

“The Indiana Department of Transportation is grateful to Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and the City of Gary for their collaboration on this project. We’re excited to open this roadway and give drivers safe and efficient access to north and south Lake County,” INDOT LaPorte District Deputy Commissioner Robert Alderman said in a statement released Tuesday.

“Martin Luther King Drive is one of the city’s major streets that our residents depend on for convenient travel and access to nearby highways,” Freeman-Wilson said in the release. “We extend our sincerest thanks to INDOT and the State of Indiana for partnering with the City of Gary to complete this restoration project so that citizens can resume use of this vital thoroughfare.”

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