Bob Cummins – Lincoln Trail Bridge
|Bob Cummings / Lincoln Trail Bridge|
|Total length||825.5 meters|
|Main span||251 meters|
|Bridge deck height||? meter|
|Traffic intensity||8,300 mvt/day|
According to Ablogtophone, the Bob Cummins Bridge, also known as the Lincoln Trail Bridge is an arch bridge in the United States, located on the border of the states of Indiana and Kentucky. The bridge spans the Ohio River at Cannelton.
The Bob Cummins Bridge is a steel arch bridge with a total length of 825.5 meters and a main span of 251 meters in length. It concerns an arch bridge with a high arch above the bridge deck with a truss construction. The bridge deck is 8.5 meters wide. A two-lane road crosses the bridge, on the Kentucky side of State Route 69, on the Indiana side of State Route 237. The bridge connects the villages of Hawesville, Kentucky and Cannelton, Indiana, and is near greater Tell City, Indiana. The bridge is mainly important for regional traffic and is toll-free.
The bridge was built in the mid-1960s, between June 1964 and late 1966, and opened to traffic on December 21, 1966. The bridge was originally a toll road owned by the state of Indiana until the tolls were lifted in the 1990s. In 2003-2004, a bypass of Tell City was constructed adjacent to the bridge connection, so that through traffic to the north no longer has to pass through Tell City and Cannelton.
The bridge was named in 1974 after Bob Cummings who died in 1971. He was a reporter for a local newspaper in the village of Cannelton and a regional celebrity. The bridge is also named after the Lincoln Heritage Trail, a series of roads that connect places that have an affinity with the pre-presidential period of President Abraham Lincoln. The trail was conceived by the American Petroleum Institute in the 1960s, although the original idea dates back to 1915, 50 years after Lincoln was assassinated.
Approximately 8,300 vehicles use the bridge daily.
The Borman Expressway is part of Interstate 80 in Indiana, over which Interstate 94 also runs, in the Chicago suburbs of Hammond and Gary. The highway is 26 kilometers long.
The Borman Expressway in Hammond.
The Kingery Expressway in Illinois merges with the Borman Expressway at the state line. All through east-west traffic along Chicago uses this highway. The highway has 2×4 lanes here and intersects several major roads in Hammond, an industrial suburb of Chicago. To the east of Hammond, it intersects with State Route 912, a short highway to East Chicago’s industrial ports. One then enters Gary, the largest Chicago suburb in Indiana. In the south of this city, one crosses Interstate 65, which runs from Indianapoliscomes and ends a little further north. After this, the highway has 2×3 lanes and runs through the east of Gary. The Borman Expressway ends at Lake Station. Through an interchange, I-80 continues on Indiana Toll Road, along with Interstate 90 coming out of Chicago. I-94 then continues here towards Detroit.
Construction of the highway began in 1949 as the Tri-State Highway, which was to form a bypass around Chicago, along with the Kingery Expressway and the Tri State Tollway in Illinois. At the time, the number State Route 420 was considered, because the Interstate Highway system was not developed until later. The highway was extended eastward over the years, to connect with the Indiana Toll Road, which opened in 1956.
In 1965 the highways in this area were renumbered. To continue on I-80, one must turn off the Borman Expressway at Lake Station onto Indiana Toll Road, as I-94, which also crosses the Borman Expressway, continues straight toward Detroit. Here, I-80 merges with I-90, which runs its entire length on Indiana Toll Road, which begins at the Illinois border. This confusing numbering system in northwest Indiana causes I-94 to run southerly than I-90, which conflicts with the road numbering system.
In 2004, a large-scale reconstruction of the Borman Expressway began. This was to reduce congestion on the Kingery and Borman Expressways, which are considered to be one of the busiest freight routes, and thus suffered a great deal of economic damage. In 2007 the project was completed and the Borman Expressway had 2×4 lanes.
|Illinois state line||Exit 6 Burr Street (Gary)||10 km||00-00-1960|
|Exit 6 Burr Street (Gary)||Exit 10 Gary (SR-53)||6 km||00-00-1961|
|Exit 10 Gary||Exit 16 I-90/94||10 km||00-00-1965|
|5||State Route 912||166,000||193,000|
|Exit 0 (state line)||Exit 12 (I-65)||2×4|
|Exit 12 (I-65)||Indiana Toll Road||2×3|