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Cline Avenue Bridge

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Box girder bridge over Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal on Cline Avenue
East Chicago, Lake County, Indiana
Replaced by a new bridge
Built 1982-83, closed to traffic in November 2009, Demolished February 12, 2011
Post-tensioned box girder
Length of largest span: 315.3 ft.
Total length: 6,260.1 ft. (1.2 mi.)
Deck width: 105.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+41.65123, -87.46504   (decimal degrees)
41°39'04" N, 87°27'54" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/461276/4611158 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Average daily traffic (as of 2004)
Inventory numbers
INNBI 033029 (Indiana bridge number on the National Bridge Inventory)
BH 43838 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of June 2008)
Overall condition: Poor
Superstructure condition rating: Imminent Failure (1 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 19 (out of 100)
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Update Log 

  • September 13, 2010: New Street View added by James Baughn
  • January 2, 2010: Added by James Baughn

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Cline Avenue Bridge
Posted April 20, 2016, by Shad Vargo (scih30 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Is it possible to get up there for a few photos? I would love to do so but only if its legal since i want to document changes from the final time i rode on it

Cline Avenue Bridge
Posted March 31, 2015, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

It seem from this story that the new bridge is not yet in place:


Cline Avenue Bridge
Posted April 13, 2014, by Jeff Wieland (jjwieland [at] gmail [dot] com)

Construction of the new bridge is supposed to start this spring, and it's supposed to take about 2-1/2 years to finish. It will be built and operated by a private consortium, with the toll estimated at $2.50 to $3.50. To put that in perspective, the toll on the Skyway is $4 for cars.

Source: http://www.nwitimes.com/business/local/cline-ave-bridge-cons...

Cline Avenue Bridge
Posted April 21, 2011, by Matt Lohry

And another, built at exactly the same time, using the same design, is closed for the same reasons! The Plymouth Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis, MN, has been closed for the last year. The city says it will repair the bridge, but it could cost anywhere between $7-10 million. Ouch!!


Cline Avenue Bridge
Posted April 20, 2011, by James Norwood

Hey Ed, here is another one to use as an example. In Kokomo they are building a new "Bypass" of Kokomo for US 31. Keep in mind the current 31 is a bypass of one of the original routes through downtown Kokomo. The new road is being built piecemeal and set to be completed in it's entirety in 2013. One problem has crept up however. Seems the recently opened UCEB bridge for County Road 50 North aka Carter Street/Waterworks Road was not built sturdy enough to endure heavy loads over a prolonged period according to state inspectors and will have to be rebuilt. The designer's insurance is expected to pay for the one million dollar cost of replacing the bridge according to a report in today's Kokomo Tribune. http://kokomotribune.com/local/x1019710637/U-S-31-Kokomo-Cor...

This bridge has been open for only about one year! James

Cline Avenue Bridge
Posted September 13, 2010, by Ed Hollowell (erhollowell [at] aol [dot] com)

Isn't it the way with any product that first you learn to do the job well, than you race to see just how many corners you can cut and still have the utility you need?

You can build a good concrete bridge, but UCEB's are the product of a generation of corner cutting. The aggravating part is that they are all sold with the idea that they will last for a century with no maintenance! And that 'lack' of maintenance is used to justify demolition of many lovely old bridges.

Cline Avenue Bridge
Posted September 13, 2010, by Matthew Lohry

Here it is--another modern bridge, not even thirty years old and sentenced to the dumpster--they just can't build 'em with King Bridge or Wrought Iron Bridge Company quality anymore, can they?

Cline Avenue Bridge
Posted September 12, 2010, by Gabe Argenta (gargenta [at] purdue [dot] edu)

I felt it necessary to preserve the story of Cline Ave. I took a trip up there in September of 2010 to take a few photos. I hope these images will help the curiousities of the next generation see where we came from. As the last photo shows, there are consequences for even those with good intentions, but in the end they returned my camera.