Indiana Department of Transportation has chosen Parsons to design a wider structure to replace the SR 249 bridge, which crosses over US 12 and two railways in Portage. The bridge is the only major entrance to one of the busiest ports in the region.

The new 10-span structure will be 314m long.

The design-bid-build project is seen as a priority because the existing bridge carries more than 10,000 vehicles per day, with 40% of the traffic made up of freight-carrying trucks.

Parsons’ services will include design of the new bridge and road as well as the means for maintaining traffic. The firm will also carry out National Environmental Policy Act studies, a topographic survey, geotechnical investigations, right-of-way acquisition, public outreach and utility coordination.