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$3.00 Published Nationally ® “The Nation’s Best Read Construction Newspaper… Founded 1957.” Midwest Edition November 24, 2012 • Vol. IXX • No. 24 • 470 Maryland Drive • Ft. Washington, PA 19034 • 215-885-2900 • Toll Free 800-523-2200 • Fax 215-885-2910 4 Inside Battle Involving New Mich. Bridge May Not Be Over Mid Country Gives Away Harley-Davidson...10 By Corey Williams ASSOCIATED PRESS The third and final segment of U.S. 31 in Indiana is at the halfway mark in its rehabilitation. The efforts to upgrade and realign this section of U.S. 31 from U.S. 30 in Plymouth to the U.S. 20 bypass in South Bend began in 2008 and will be complete in 2014. Approximately 15 mi. (24 km) of the 20-mi. (32 km) corridor will be built on new terrain east of the existing route. The goal of the $221 million project is to reduce congestion and improve safety and mobility along the route. The new freeway will be accessed only through one of the four new interchanges: 7th Road, U.S. 6, Pierce Road/SR 4 and Kern Road. DETROIT (AP) Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun has been jailed, paid thousands of dollars in court fines related to a Detroit freeway project and spent millions more to push a public referendum aimed at stopping a competing bridge. Moroun failed to sway enough voters to back a ballot proposal that would have given Michigan residents say-so on whether state funds can be used to build new international border crossings. But history has shown the oft-reclusive billionaire rarely backs down — even if the opponents are Michigan’s topelected official and the Canadian government. “I think he’s going to keep trying to fight,” said Colby Spencer, a senior analyst with the East Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group. Moroun is opposed to a government-planned bridge linking southwest Detroit to Windsor, Ontario. The new bridge would pose the stiffest competition to his Ambassador Bridge and potentially cost his empire billions of dollars in toll revenue. Following the Nov. 6 defeat of Proposal 6, Gov. Rick Snyder and various Canadian elected leaders said they will move forward with construction of the $3.5 billion New International Trade Crossing bridge. “For that family business, they don’t want competition from any entity,” said Spencer, part of an independent 2011 see INDIANA page 64 see BRIDGE page 90 An aerial shot of the new U.S. 31 bridge crossing over Roosevelt Road in South Bend, Ind. Murphy Tractor Holds Open House...26 Major U.S. 31 Upgrades at Halfway Mark in Ind. By Jennifer Rupp CEG CORRESPONDENT Hyund ai HL760 -9 Excel s Movi ng Oil Ri gs. ..98 Table of Contents ....................4 Trailers Section ................27-43 Snow & Ice Section ..........47-53 Parts Section..........................56 Business Calendar ................60 Paving Section..................69-83 Auction Section ............87-105 Advertisers Index ................106 ODOT Awarded $8.5M for Super Street Intersection Drivers fighting long traffic jams at U.S. 33 and Winchester Road in Carroll might get some relief in a few years as the Ohio Department of Transportation was awarded $8.5 million to build a super street intersection. Design work should begin soon and construction is scheduled to start in 2016. “We definitely need something done,” Carroll Mayor Tammy Drobina said. “Not being an engineer, I don’t know what the best solution is. But I trust ODOT.” She said the railroad bridge close to the intersection limits what can be done to alleviate traffic flow. With a super street intersection, vehicles no longer would be able to turn left off Winchester Road and High Street. Instead, they would turn right into a U-turn lane to access the highway. Traffic would be able to turn right and left from U.S. 33. Additionally, green light time for drivers on U.S. 33 would increase. see ODOT page 92

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