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Indiana DOT hears MPC's comments on redevelopment of Cline Avenue in Northwest Indiana

The Cline Avenue bridge soars over steel mills, oil refineries, railroads and canals in Northwest Indiana, but it recently was deemed structurally unstable.

MPC has pointed out that removing the bridge can open up new opportunities to remake East Chicago and surrounding communities for the better, by allowing for redevelopment along the lakefront, including potentially new homes and park space.

Read MPC's formal comments to the Indiana Dept. of Transportation on Cline Avenue redevelopment.

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  1. 1. Joshua Jackson from Gary on October 3, 2010

    Was research performed on Cline Avenue prior to writing this well worded get lack of substance recommendation to INDOT??

    Cline may serve as a visual barrier to the lake but this roadway is the actual infrastructure piece that ties our communities to the lake. It is the connector and access that we have. Imagine it as the main arterial that connects into smaller capillary gateways such as Calumet Avenue (Hammond), Chicago Avenue (East Chicago) and Buffington Drive (Gary).

    Cline Avenue needs to be rebuilt otherwise traffic will be forced onto local roadways and into residential neighborhoods. And the promise of lakefront development and access will not happen with a closed Cline Avenue.

    Rebuild it, lower the harbor bridge, reduce the number of lanes. Make one of the lanes a bike path and greenway.

  2. 2. Peter Skosey from MPC on October 6, 2010

    Joshua: Indeed, we completely agree with the goals of connectivity and access to which you allude. We are raising the question though, whether the current elevated strucure is the only way to achieve those goals. The elevated strucure creates its own set of obstacles from visual obstruction to physical barriers. Perhaps embracing the functions that Cline performs but rethinking the shape that it takes would create a better solution for the future. We don't have that new shape determined yet but are hoping to participate in the dialogue that will create it.

    thank you for your comment.

  3. 3. Bob Rusbasan from Dyer.In. on November 24, 2010

    I find it hard to believe that additional new bracing could not stabilize this bridge for a fraction of the cost to replace it. It's time to bring some mechanical engineers from Mittal to take a look at the structure and see what can be done.

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