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Scene from the ground-breaking ceremony for the Indiana leg in 2008.

Verbatim: Bids opened for final Fort To Port section

Statement issued Friday:

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced at today's Hoosier Heartland Industrial Corridor Annual Meeting that it has opened bids for the last remaining 2.3 mile section of the U.S. 24 "Fort to Port" corridor east of I-469 near Fort Wayne.

E & B Paving of Anderson submitted the lowest bid among 10 in a bidding process designed to promote competition between the concrete and asphalt pavement industries. E & B Paving proposes to build 2.3 miles of U.S. 24 with concrete pavement for $16 million. During construction, the contractor will be allowed to close Bruick Road for 30 days and Doyle Road a total of 45 days during bridge construction. INDOT anticipates officially awarding the contract next week.

The Fort to Port Project will upgrade and realign U.S. 24 to a four-lane, divided highway in two states between Fort Wayne and Toledo, Ohio. Indiana's Fort to Port section is part of the larger Hoosier Heartland Highway corridor, which stretches west along S.R. 25 to Lafayette. Governor Mitch Daniels' Major Moves initiative will complete both highway projects that have been discussed for years.

Major Moves capitalizes on Indiana's strategic location as the Crossroads of America by building a superior road infrastructure. This innovative plan brings jobs to the Hoosier State and leaves a legacy for Indiana to be a global leader in distribution and logistics.

When this contract is completed in Fall 2012, the entirety of Indiana's Fort to Port Corridor will open to traffic.

More information is available on Indiana's Fort to Port website, www.us24forttoport.IN.gov.

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