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Indiana Urged To Replace Cline Fast

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Northwest Indiana business and industry leaders told a state panel that work to replace the now closed Cline Avenue Bridge must begin immediately. State officials say they are moving as quickly as possible.

Tom Hargrove says Northwest Indiana can expect to see nearly 900 new steel jobs in the coming months.

But new jobs also mean more traffic for the area that used to be served by the Cline Avenue bridge.

Hargrove, who heads the United Steelworkers Union Local 1010, hopes the process can move along quicker.

HARGROVE: We need to get that bridge fixed and get it fixed as quick as possible. This is an artery to the very heart of Northwest Indiana. It’s not a bridge to no where.

The 1.3 mile bridge that runs through Hammond and East Chicago closed suddenly in November and will be demolished.

Bob Zier, chief of staff for the Indiana Department of Transportation, says work on a replacement bridge could begin within two years.

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