Talks Begin For Construction Of New Bridge, Would Give Access To Dunes National Lakeshore

CHICAGO (CBS)– Big ideas are crossing the minds of Indiana planners who envision a suspension bridge providing new access to the Dunes National Lakeshore. WBBM Newsradio’s Julie Mann reports.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent Constantine Dillard has launched informal discussion with area leaders to build a new suspension bridge. The bridge would carry hikers and bikers, spanning US 20, Indiana 249, and Burns Ditch.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Julie Mann Reports

It would be similar to the bridge that connects Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa—which cost $44 million dollars to construct.

According to the Northwest Indiana Times, Dillard’s vision already has some critics.

The public works director for Portage says funding needed to build a suspension bridge might be better spent on current or long time projects already in the works.

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