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[INDOT] Lt. Governor Cuts Ribbon on Nine Span Bridge in Hammond
Start Date: 12/9/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 12/10/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, INDOT Cut Ribbon on New Nine Span Bridge in Hammond

Vital northwest Indiana link opens to traffic ahead of schedule

HAMMOND, Ind. – Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann today joined Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott, East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland, Rep. Ed Soliday, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Northwest District Deputy Commissioner Robert Alderman, and local officials for a ribbon-cutting on the new Nine Span Bridge over the Indiana Harbor Belt (IHB) rail yards on State Road 152 (Indianapolis Blvd.).


The 1200 foot long new Nine Span Bridge was completed ahead of scheduled and opens to traffic today. The expedited reconnection of this link between the cities of Hammond and East Chicago is vital, as the Nine Span Bridge is one of the busiest north-south routes in the region. More than 20,000 vehicles a day use the bridge.


INDOT worked with the city of Hammond and the IHB to ensure that the new bridge maintained a high enough clearance to allow for future economic development of the rail yard, benefitting the entire region.


“Today we can celebrate the kind of infrastructure development that will serve the transportation and economic development needs of this community for years to come,” said Lt. Gov. Ellspermann.

“On behalf of the City of Hammond, I would like to thank INDOT for working to get the replacement Nine Span up in such a short period of time,” said Mayor McDermott.


The original Nine Span Bridge, constructed in the mid-1930s, was one of the city’s most prominent landmarks. Portions from the iconic structure were saved and stored for future use on a trail project or other low traffic thoroughfare, if a community is interested in the next ten years.

Dunnet Bay Construction of Glendale Heights, Illinois was awarded the $18 million contract for both the bridge's demolition and the building of the new span..

For Nine Span Bridge demolition and construction pictures, videos, and more visit INDOT’s social media channels at,, and

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