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Construction at Simonton Street Bridge could start July 22

A project to replace the beams and deck at the Simonton Street Bridge over Christiana Creek in Elkhart could begin as early as July 22.
Posted on July 9, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on July 9, 2013 at 5:03 p.m.

GOSHEN — Construction on the Simonton Street Bridge in Elkhart may start as soon as July 22, but work could be delayed while the contractor waits for beams to be built.

The Elkhart County Board of Commissioners has awarded a $339,984 contract for the bridgework to Northern Indiana Construction, a Mishawaka company that is working on the Prairie Street Bridge near Waterfall Drive in Elkhart. The company will replace the beams and deck on the two-lane bridge over Christiana Creek.

The Simonton Street Bridge project came in roughly $220,000 under budget. The commissioners had approved $550,000 in June for construction plus another $10,000 for bridge inspection services.

Northern Indiana Construction has not given the county’s highway department an exact schedule for construction, but county engineer Tom Rushlow expects work to begin as early as July 22. Rushlow said the contractor has indicated that construction could be delayed for a week or two while crews await the arrival of new beams for the bridge. Construction will close the bridge for about three months.

 With the state prison in the background, about a dozen death penalty opponents pray as they await the possible execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood, Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Florence, Ariz. The highest courts in Arizona and the nation have cleared the way for the state to carry out its third execution in the last year on Wednesday, following a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs.  Wood was sentenced to death for killing Debra Dietz and her father, Eugene Dietz, in 1989 at the family's automotive shop in Tucson.  (AP Photo)

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 Robert Hungerford, of Phoenix, prays as he and a group of about a dozen death penalty opponents protest the possible execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood at the state prison in Florence, Ariz. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Arizona's highest court on Wednesday temporarily halted the execution of the condemned inmate so it could consider a last-minute appeal. The Arizona Supreme Court said it would consider whether he received inadequate legal representation at his sentencing. The appeal also challenges the secrecy of the lethal injection process and the drugs that are used. (AP Photo)

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