Water damage temporarily closes bike bridge in Robertsdale

2013-04-22T14:30:00Z 2013-04-23T00:29:05Z Water damage temporarily closes bike bridge in RobertsdaleBy Chelsea Schneider Kirk chelsea.schneider@nwi.com, (219) 933-3241 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | The pedestrian bike bridge over Indianapolis Boulevard and New York Avenue is temporarily closed after last week's heavy rains damaged one of the ramps, city officials said.

Water flowing down the ramp east of New York Avenue damaged the edge of the path and caused a portion of the asphalt to collapse, Hammond Port Authority Director Milan Kruszynski said Monday.

“We had about six inches of rain in Robertsdale...That's a lot of water coming down that ramp,” Kruszynski said.

Kruszynski said the structure is secure and assessments were conducted by the bridge's designer and architect, the Port Authority and the city.

The Hammond Port Authority Board of Directors will discuss repairs to the bridge and how to pay for the work at a Tuesday meeting, Kruszynski said. A cost estimate for the repair work wasn't available Monday.

The bridge's designer, SEH of Indiana, was expected to bring contractors out to the site before the board met.

“First they have to suggest the fix, so it doesn't happen again,” Kruszynski said. “What do we have to do to stop and alleviate this wash out and undermining? I think they are prepared to do that, so there's a solution.”

Opened last spring, the bridge connects the George Lake Bike Trail in Hammond to the Whiting Lakefront Trail. The $4.1 million project was funded by a grant the Hammond Port Authority received from the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority.

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