Construction on the Innerbelt bridge is almost complete

CLEVELAND - This fall marks the final stretch of construction on the Innerbelt bridge.

"If we keep having nice days like this we will definitely stay on the good track we are on now," said ODOT spokesperson Amanda McFarland.

ODOT tells FOX 8 they are not ready to announce a specific opening date. Officials say when finished, construction will make drive times faster and safer.

"We only had a few lanes in each direction to begin with. Once we open it, there's going to be five lanes in each direction," said McFarland. "So traffic will flow better and more efficiently and it's just going to be safer for everyone."

Contractors say the construction benefits more than just drivers.

Bicyclists and walkers will be able to use a newly constructed trail underneath the Innerbelt called the "Tow Path Trail" expected to open next year. It will ultimately connect to Tremont Terrace.

George Lesko of Euclid says he's kept an eye on the construction and it's going faster than anticipated. He is looking forward to the new bike and walking paths.

"Good exercise, ride the bike walk a good place to be," said Lesko. "It will be really nice when it's done."