Jeffrey M. Hoffman

Nine Span Bridge Hammond IN. First light

Nine Span Bridge was opened in 1937 for traffic connecting Hammond and East Chicago on route 41 over the Gibson train yard. 75 years It still stands the test of time. Back when We made things with American made steel and labor! Built for $750,000 and in desperate need of repair I can't even imagine what it will cost in todays market. Not concrete bridges like Cline ave. Built and gone for 250 millioni in 1982..
1982 to 2009 RIP the extension (the only Reganomics policy I totally disagree with) At five eights of a mile long I believe it is the longest steel bridge in the state of Indiana. Talks of demolition have been around since 2008, last I heard was 2014 it will happen.?.? If IDOT shuts it down to car and truck traffic as the did to foot traffic it's a long way around too get to the other side.....Long Live the steel bridge! Nine Number nine 9 Not sure were that came from..?

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