The bridge over Eagle Creek on Starke County Road 800 East just north of 50 South is open to traffic again. The road has been closed for the past two months to accommodate its replacement. Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler also told the county commissioners yesterday the bridge on 900 South over Bogus Run just west of 100 West should be finished in the next week or so as well, depending on the weather.
Ritzler adds LaPorte Construction has gotten an early start on the bridge over the Smith Ditch on 50 East just south of 500 South. That project was due to start in the spring, but Ritzler says the crew has taken advantage of the weather. As a result, the work is now 30 percent complete. However, concrete for the bridge cannot be poured until spring. Construction of the bridge on 450 South over the Smith Ditch, which is just west of Range Road, is also scheduled to begin in the spring.