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Cline Avenue Land Transferred for New Toll Bridge

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In East Chicago, demolition of the former Cline Avenue Bridge has been completed, and the Indiana Department of Transportation has transferred its right of way holdings to a private company. INDOT and East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland signed agreements in 2012 with Cline Avenue Bridge LLC – a team from United Bridge Partners of American Infrastructure MLP Funds, FIGG Bridge Companies and Lane Construction Corporation – to build a new toll bridge entirely with private funds. As part of the transaction, sections of State Road 912 connecting the new bridge will receive approximately $3 million in resurfacing and paving work.
INDOT says the new Cline Avenue Bridge will have all-electronic toll collection when it opens to traffic using two basic payment programs: Transponders that are already used for regional toll systems like the Indiana Toll Road, and for drivers without transponders, a “pay by plate” option where the license plate is recognized and a bill is sent in the mail.
“United Bridge Partners is excited to be a part of the East Chicago community,” said Bob Hellman, Chairman of United Bridge Partners and CEO of American Infrastructure MLP Funds. “We look forward to providing a remarkable new modern bridge that is a solution to traffic congestion and will lead to a growth in jobs and opportunity for people and businesses throughout the region.”
Cline Avenue Bridge LLC is currently performing land surveys, design and traffic studies. Permit application materials are also being prepared and assembled for regulatory agencies. Once permitting is completed, bridge construction is anticipated to last 24 to 30 months.
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