Monon Trail Bridge over the Little Calumet river connects Hammond with Munster in Indiana
Northwest Indiana has a new way to safely connect to jobs, shops and eateries between two cities.
With the opening of the Little Calumet River Bridge, commuters can now travel safely walking or bicycling to get to jobs, businesses or eateries, or for health and pleasure from Hammond to Munster, safe from car and truck traffic.
The bridge across the Little Calumet River links the over four mile Monon Trail between each community.
This new span also provides flood mitigation at the site. The old railroad trestle had thick supports that trapped wood and debris and contributed to flooding in the area. Partially constructed from parts recycled from the old bridge, the new bridge has no supports underneath, allowing for better water flow in times of high water.
Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. joins the ranks of Indiana mayors like Greg Ballard in creating more bike friendly cities.
In early July of this year, two converted rail trestles opened to walkers, runners and cyclists, the Erie-Lackawanna Trail bridge crossing Columbia Avenue and 167th Street near Southeastern Avenue, and the Monon Trail bridge over 165th Street and Lyman Avenue.
The Northwest Indiana Times quoted McDermott at the Erie-Lackawanna Bridge opening: “Not only is it safe, it promotes a healthy lifestyle. Bike trails are the future.”
At a Mexican restaurant on Hohman Avenue in Hammond where my coworker and I ate lunch, the hostess expressed surprise at the “Little Cal” bridge opening: “I’ll have to check that out.”