HAMMOND | Work is expected to begin on a stretch of Indianapolis Boulevard near the Nine-Span Bridge as early as May.
The city is partnering with the Indiana Department of Transportation to beautify the road from 169th to 165th Streets, south of the bridge. The road will be open to traffic during construction, City Engineer Stan Dostatni said.
The project, which is scheduled to go out to bid in March, will include a new road surface and work on the parkways, sidewalks and ornamental lighting.
The state and the city will share the cost of the project, Dostatni said.
Dostatni said the city had approached the state on the project, which is in the city's business district, a few years ago.
“The best time to do it is all at once, so you don't have to duplicate any of the work later. The traffic volume right now is exceptionally low on the boulevard, so this is a good opportunity to do both at once,” Dostatni said of the road and bridge project.
The Nine-Span Bridge was closed earlier this month for demolition and construction of a new bridge. The bridge spans Gibson Yard, and the structure had been marked as in “poor” condition.
Dostatni said the city may do a similar project on Indianapolis Boulevard in the Whiting-Robertsdale neighborhood, from the Five-Points intersection to Schrage Avenue.