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Purdue Fort Wayne and Ivy Tech bridge opening delayed due to deficient welds

The Indiana Department of Transportation said deficient welds the pedestrian bridge connecting Purdue University Fort Wayne and Ivy Tech Community College were found during inspections.

Posted: Dec 9, 2019 9:15 PM
Updated: Dec 10, 2019 11:19 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Drivers can expect to find Coliseum Boulevard closed between Anthony and Crescent overnight this week.

The Indiana Department of Transportation said deficient welds the pedestrian bridge connecting Purdue University Fort Wayne and Ivy Tech Community College were found during inspections.

Coliseum Boulevard will be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly through Friday so contractors can fix those welds.

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Construction on the new bridge began in Spring 2017 and was scheduled to open Fall 2018.

However, that has been pushed back several times because of issues with the bridge.

Last year, a pillar was added to the base because cable tension tests were inconsistent.

"We know the bridge is safe. That's why we don't have the road closed," said Nichole Thomas, INDOT Northeast spokeswoman. "We just want to make sure the complexity and the beauty of the design are here for years to come."

Once the welds are fixed, minor things need to be added to the bridge, such as handrails.

There is no date for the bridge to open to pedestrians.

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