Old Bostic Road Bridge Getting Ready For Alternative Traffic

By Scott Sarvay

November 5, 2010 Updated Nov 5, 2010 at 6:27 PM EDT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - A landmark bridge in southern Allen County is about to be set in place to span the St. Mary's River once again.

The way to cross the river on Bostic Road has been shut to traffic since December 2003, because of structural deterioration on a bridge built in the late 1800's.

The old bridge has been restored and on Friday crews prepared to lift it in place with the help of cranes.

A modern bridge to carry vehicle traffic will be built next to the refurbished bridge.

Allen County Highway Director Bill Hartman says, “Hopefully by the fall of next summer, 2011, we'll have the new bridge in place and operational, and so it's 8 years, 8 year process."

The old style bridge will be reserved for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The $1.1 million price tag is being paid for through stimulus funds.

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