MLK Bridge on Track

By Max Resnik

May 2, 2012 Updated Oct 31, 2013 at 11:12 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – The Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge leading into downtown Fort Wayne is on track and expected to be completed in less than a month.

The unexpected heat wave that defined the month of March gave construction crews longer days to work on the bridge. They were able to work so quickly that some city officials thought the bridge might be done before its intended completion date of June 1.

Recent bouts with strong winds as well as the increasing threat of severe spring weather may have put an end to the thought of an early finish, according to City of Fort Wayne Public Information Officer Frank Suarez.

"Good weather in March did make people think that we were going to be ahead, but then we had a lot of windy days. In the winter, we had high water and they had to get down into the river. They had to wait till it lowered so that they could do some of the work that had to get done down below. So, there's a lot to the project that we don't see as everyday citizens."

Some of the project unseen by folks in Fort Wayne includes 14,000 feet of electrical wiring, 13,000 feet of conduit, 800 feet of handrails and more than 1,200 lights to guide bicyclists, motorists and walkers into the downtown area.

"It's very labor intensive, and when it's windy, of course they have to worry about safety and be concerned about that. When there is lightning, they don't want to be up there. And also when there is wind,” said Suarez.

Weather pending, the bridge is expected to be completed June 1.

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