Second Innerbelt Bridge span 80 percent completed

Second Innerbelt Bridge span 80 percent completed

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Bolt by bolt, beam by beam the second span of the Innerbelt Bridge is getting closer to being done, according to ODOT spokeswoman Jocelynn Clemings.

"We are about 80% completed with the construction of the new bridge," Clemings said.

The end is in sight. The final steel girder will go up in June or July. ODOT says the entire project should be done in the fall, nine months ahead of schedule.

Building a bridge over a railroad right of way was just one of many hurdles to overcome, according to construction spokeswoman Karen Lenehan.

"We call it one of the challenges of this project and you just get over the river, get over the rails, get over the numerous city streets," Lenehan said.

Speaking of city streets, the warm winter didn't speed up construction on the bridge itself. Steel production and delivery schedules were set months in advance. So other jobs were tackled.

"What the winter has done is allowed us to get some of the work in the downtown area done and get off those city streets, which of course is very important for the RNC," Clemings said.

You'll have to look closely but when completed the twin spans won't be twins, rather sister bridges. The steel pieces are slightly different from the first to the second span. The final price tag for the sister bridges a half billion dollars.

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