An overhaul of a 600-foot former railroad bridge is being done as part of pedestrian and biking trail in northern Indiana.
The bridge over the Wabash River in Peru is near the midpoint of the 36-mile Nickel Plate Trail between Rochester and the community of Cassville near Kokomo. Trail president Mike Kuepper says the bridge will be the focal point of the route.
The Kokomo Tribune reports that work on the bridge involves repairing the steel trusses and piers, removing wooden railroad ties and installing a concrete deck for trail users. The project is costing about $925,000, with 80% being paid for from a state grant.
The project engineer says Aug. 5 is the target date for opening the 16-foot wide bridge to the public.
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