Deadline nears on bridge deal with NW Ind. casino

June 15, 2011

The Associated Press

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Officials face a June 23 deadline to advance plans for a $150 million rebuilding of Indiana's Cline Avenue bridge.

The rebuilding of a closed highway bridge in northwestern Indiana hinges on whether a nearby casino decides to kick in $35 million toward the project.      

The city of East Chicago and the Indiana Department of Transportation have reached agreement on the plans and are awaiting the decision from Ameristar Casino

Angie Fegaras of the state highway department told the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission on Tuesday that the agency has had positive discussions with Ameristar. The Times of Munster reports that officials face a June 23 deadline to advance plans for a $150 million rebuilding of the Cline Avenue bridge that was closed for safety reasons in 2009. 

Ameristar vice president Troy Stremming says its management is considering the impact of possible additional casinos in Illinois in making its decision. 

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Information from: The Times, http://www.thetimesonline.com

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