CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Sunny skies and unseasonably warm weather in February meant construction crews were out working on projects like the Innerbelt Bridge in downtown Cleveland on Wednesday.
With a mostly mild winter, we wondered if some projects are ahead of schedule.
An ODOT spokesperson says work on city streets around the Innerbelt Bridge is picking up.
But the warmer weather doesn't mean the bridge will be finished any faster.
"Certainly the weather has been wonderful and is helping us to get a lot of things done. What we have done is expedite some of the areas around the bridge itself. Ontario Street, East 9th Street, some of your more street level grid," said ODOT spokesperson Jocelyn Clemings.
Clemings says the bridge will be finished earlier than its original deadline, which was the summer of 2017.
But she says it will not be ready in time for the Republican National Convention in July.
Work should be complete this fall. And they don't expect that deadline to change.
"Unfortunately the bridge itself is really dependent on how quick we can get the steel from the producers. So that schedule actually has been set for years now," Clemings said.
So what's next? The goal this summer is to get the structural steel in place.
Then they'll work on the deck and pour concrete for the surface.
We also wanted to know how construction would affect traffic, with thousands of people heading to Cleveland for the RNC.
"Essentially what you see today is what you're going to have for the RNC. There are several committees around the city and state talking about ways to improve traffic flow to the RNC, so certainly we'll do our part to help in whatever way we can to make sure things are moving smoothly for that week," Clemings said.
This is the largest bridge replacement project in Ohio history with a price tag of half a billion dollars.
Big projects downtown like Public Square and the Hilton are still on track to open for the RNC.
Good weather has speeded along work on Public Square.
Work on the cafe is underway and new trees have been planted.
It's set to open on June 1st, the same day as the new Hilton hotel.
Officials there tell us the lobby is complete and they're finishing guest rooms on the upper floors.
They plan to hire about 300 positions closer to when the hotel is finished.
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