Innerbelt Bridge Opening Means More Changes

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CLEVELAND – The ribbon cutting is Friday and traffic will start using the new, westbound span of the Innerbelt Bridge later in November.

But with something new comes something old. The opening of the new span means re-routing traffic. People in Cleveland’s popular Tremont neighborhood will not be able to use the West 14th Street ramp to downtown. It will be closed and it will stay closed for three years while a new eastbound span of the bridge is constructed.

ODOT Spokesperson Jocelynn Clemings said, “This ramp will not be accessible because essentially we’re going to be building a new bridge where the existing bridge sits now. And it is just not feasible to have that ramp open. But we do have great alternatives for folks in Tremont. The easiest detour for people who want to get out of the neighborhood and back downtown is to use Abbey Avenue and the Lorain-Carnegie bridge.”

ODOT representatives explained the options to Tremont residents and business owners at a meeting, Wednesday night.

They also updated people on a positive that is coming to the neighborhood. “One of the things we are talking about is a park for this neighborhood, a place where people can congregate and enjoy the neighborhood. There are so many wonderful things that happen here in Tremont. We are happy to be giving back and giving them a place where they can meet, where they can hang out, where they can enjoy the skyline and enjoy the neighborhood,” Clemings said.

Construction on the new eastbound span of the bridge will begin in months. It is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2016.

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