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Pavement project delays opening of Lift Bridge in East Chicago

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces a delay in reopening the Indianapolis Boulevard (U.S. 12/20) lift bridge in East Chicago due to challenges on site from a variety of factors. Crews have been working on two individual projects on Indianapolis Blvd., a bridge deck project on the lift bridge over Lake George Canal and a separate pavement project on Indianapolis Blvd. leading up to the lift bridge. The goal was to complete both projects and reopen the roadway/bridge in early July.

While the bridge was completed on schedule, the pavement project experienced delays and required some redesign work due to numerous factors, including high water levels.

Unfortunately, we cannot open the bridge until the pavement work is complete because there are deep cuts in the roadway, construction vehicle/equipment often blocks two-way traffic, and employees are actively working in the area.

Local businesses and emergency services do have access to the area, but reinstating all traffic must wait until the project is complete. INDOT crews are working as quickly as we can to expedite the project and we are hopeful to have the road reopened by late August, though a set date is not available at this time due to the circumstances crews are facing.

“INDOT crews do all we can to keep projects on schedule. Unfortunately, as with any construction project, sometimes adjusting a plan is necessary to ensure a quality finished product, due to changing factors on site. That is the case here.

“We apologize for the challenges these delays are causing you as well. We will keep you posted as the project progresses.”

Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts at any time via the District’s social media channels: or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Or visit for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.

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