Cline Avenue toll bridge project

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Today:   Toya Dumas Robinson, CEO of Metropolitan Oasis CDC, is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk about the organization founded by her late father in Gary and the new program that the Indiana DCS is asking the organization to do.   We also bring you edited highlights of Wednesday's ribbon cutting ceremony on the new Cline Avenue toll bridge in East Chicago.  The structure, planned and built over the past five years, was described by the contractor as the “Gateway of Lake County.”  It takes the place of a defective Cline Avenue bridge over the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal that was demolish

Today:   Abbey Omodunbi with PNC Financial Services Group is back on "Regionally Speaking" with another analysis of the local, regional and national economic pictures.   Side Effects Public Media reporter Farah Yousry has another in her feature series on COVID-19 and diabetes.  And we revisit our conversation with  Terry Velligan with Cline Avenue Bridge LLC, as next week's official opening of the new toll bridge in East Chicago approaches.

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Today:  Terry Velligan and Laura Weber with Cline Avenue Bridge LLC join us to give us an update on the new toll bridge going up over the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal in East Chicago. Right now, plans call for completion and its opening to traffic this summer.  We have today's  "Building Northwest Indiana" from the Construction Advancement Foundation and another conversation from the Welcome Project at Valparaiso University.  LaPorte Mayor Tom Dermody is another new mayor in the Region, and we find out from him on how his first couple months in office are going. And Dr. Bill Carroll, the consultant working with the St. Joseph's College Board of Trustees, tells us about the revival of the college in Rensselaer that is based on a three-year plan that calls for partnerships with other educational institutions and with the community.

Kevin Comerford continues his conversation with Terry Velligan - General Manager of Operations and Laura Weber - Communications Specialist for Cline Ave LLC., about the plans for the Cline Avenue bridge.

In part two of this three-part segment on Cline Avenue bridge, Kevin talks with Laura and Terry about an expected completion date as well as their decision to use local contractors and local suppliers to complete the Cline Avenue bridge project.

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Today:   We bring back our conversation with Terry Velligan and Laura Weber, two of the United Bridge Partners staff members working on the Cline Avenue bridge project in East Chicago.  The toll bridge is scheduled to be completed early next year, to take the place of the structurally-unsound bridge near ArcelorMittal  that was demolished.  We have another edition of "Green Fleet Radio," hosied by Carl Lisek from South Shore Clean Cities.  And Indiana University Northwest economist Micah Pollak talks about Friday's annual "Business and Economic Outlook" program to be held at Ivy Tech Community College in Valparaiso.  Speakers include Professor Pollak and other academicians and northwest Indiana business and economic development leaders, who will offer their "big picture" look of 2020 in the Region.  Roman Bronson of "Indiana Plan" returns with news of another union construction trades job seminar next week at the ArtHouse -- A Social Kitchen in downtown Gary.

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Today:  "Times" reporters Dan Carden and Olivia Heersink are in this program's "Reporters' Roundtable" segment talking about stories they wrote for print and in the online newspaper  and website.  Dan covers stories in Lake County and state government, and Olivia is the morning police and breaking-news reporter.  They cover topics ranging from Lake County Recorder Michael B. Brown -- to new political candidate announcements -- to innovative ways that Griffith Police are taking advantage of a staffer who is trained in social work. The police department is one of only two Indiana police departments with a full-time social worker.  Terry Velligan and Laura Weber with the local United Bridge Partners staff also talk about the new Cline Avenue bridge that is under construction in East Chicago -- in the footprint of the bridge that was torn down because of structural corrosion.

One of the firms that worked on the pedestrian bridge that collapsed in Florida, killing six people, also is building a bridge in East Chicago.

CBS-2 is reporting that Florida-based FIGG Bridge Group designed the Florida pedestrian bridge that collapsed, and is building the upcoming Cline Avenue bridge replacement.

The new bridge over the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal will rise 10 stories over the canal when it opens next year,  It replaces a Cline Avenue bridge closed and declared unsafe by INDOT.

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Today: A conversation with Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas on why the City Council deferred action on a request to rescind the city's $25 a year vehicle "wheel tax" in favor of a state wheel tax plan.

Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore attended a recent Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce meeting where the head of a Florida-based bridge construction company talked about the new Cline Avenue bridge.  He also talked to East Chicago residents and motorists who are glad that the new bridge will be built soon but not about the $2.50 toll that'll be charged to travel on it.

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Today: It's Reporters Roundtable, when we ask members of the northwest Indiana and Indiana media to talk about the stories they worked on this week.  On this edition of the Roundtable are Greg Tejeda of the Post-Tribune, Lakeshore Public Radio's Steven Lattimore, Indiana Public Broadcasting's Eric Weddle and INside Indiana Business host Andy Ober.