Covington Road Bridge Project Expected To Be Done Early (VIDEO)

By Stephanie Parkinson

July 25, 2013 Updated Jul 25, 2013 at 5:36 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - It may look quiet as you pass under the Covington Road bridge on I-69 but this big construction project is actually right on track.

Crews are building a new bridge on Covington Road over I-69. They're also reconfiguring the Dickie and Covington Road intersection and the approaches to the bridge from either side. The bridge had to be demolished to do this project. As a result the area is closed to traffic.

Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation say rain has caused some delays. Since they are working above a busy interstate INDOT officials want to avoid the possibility of a worker slipping on the bridge. INDOT officials also say some days the work has been taking part during the overnight hours meaning less people are seeing the crews in action, but INDOT is trying to avoid overtime.

"The project is a $2.4 million bided, that's what the award was. And if you were going to have overtime, if you were going to have any other kind of work outside of the 8 hour shifts, that could make the project cost more," said Toni Mayo, Communications Director, INDOT.

Despite the few weather delays the project is set to wrap up early. Originally the project was set to be complete by October. INDOT now expects the bridge and roadway to be back open to traffic by mid to late September.

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