MUNSTER | Construction of the new Columbia Avenue Bridge remains “right on schedule” and the bridge could reopen soon — perhaps as early as Monday — according to a Lake County Highway Department official.
The bridge was closed to traffic on Aug. 9 for the $1.2 million demolition and reconstruction that raised its height over the Little Calumet River. The Lake County Board of Commissioners awarded the contract to Ellas Construction Co. LLC, of Munster on Aug. 7.
Highway Engineer Duane Alverson said the bridge’s asphalt surface was recently installed. Some minor concrete work also is slated.
“We need to get the traffic signal in, signage and pavement markings finished,” Alverson said.
The bridge's reconstruction now puts it at the 200-year flood level as part of the Little Calumet River levee system, he said.
The county, Munster, Hammond and the Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission agreed to share the cost with the county paying half, the river commission one quarter, and the two municipalities splitting the remainder.
Seven bidders applied for the contract.
Elias Construction agreed to do the work for $1,215,823, which was below an earlier estimate of $1.4 million.