Prairie Street bridge in Elkhart to reopen after six months of construction
Posted: 07/17/2013 at 4:27 pm
By: Angelle Barbazon
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A crew with Northern Indiana Construction works on the Prairie Street Bridge near Waterfall Drive in Elkhart. The bridge has been closed since January while its beams are replaced, the sidewalk is widened and new lights are added. The bridge is scheduled to reopen at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 18. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard)
The bridge near Waterfall Drive in Elkhart will reopen at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 18. Northern Indiana Construction replaced the structure’s beams, widened the sidewalks by two and a half feet and added decorative lighting to new rails.
Northern Indiana Construction will face penalties for starting the bridge project early, according to Elkhart County bridge engineer Tom Rushlow. The company began working on the bridge in January, but its contract with the Indiana Department of Transportation did not start until March. Rushlow said the construction company will have $250 per day deducted from its contract, but, he pointed out, the contractor will also receive credits for finishing construction two weeks ahead of schedule. The original completion date was set for Aug. 2.