HAMMOND | Repairs on the pedestrian bike bridge over Indianapolis Boulevard and New York Avenue should begin within 10 days.
Heavy rain in April damaged the bridge's ramp east of New York Avenue and caused a portion of the asphalt to collapse. The $4.1 million bridge, funded by a grant from the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority, opened last year and connects the George Lake Bike Trail in Hammond to the Whiting Lakefront Trail.
The Hammond Port Authority board requested the bridge's design and engineering team, SEH of Indiana, secure proposals on repairing the ramp and upgrading the drainage system along the trail, Hammond Port Authority Director Milan Kruszynski said Monday.
“There's been discussion on how it needs to be repaired and also discussion on what we need to do to be proactive to hopefully not let this happen again,” Kruszynski said.
The Port Authority should have cost estimates for the repairs and improvements to the bridge by the end of the week, Kruszynski said.
The bridge is still partitioned off but will reopen temporarily for a walk/run on Saturday.
“I'm hoping within the next 10 days the Port Authority board will have someone in place to get this repaired and taken care of,” Kruszynski said.
Along with repairing the bridge, the Port Authority also is finishing a conservatory under construction north of the Wolf Lake Aquatic Play Center parking lot.
Constructing the final portions of the trail system also are out to bid from 129th Street to the boardwalk that goes across Wolf Lake and then from behind the Illiana Yacht Club to 112th Street, Kruszynski said.