George V. Voinovich Bridge construction team holds “topping out” ceremony

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CLEVELAND - A symbolic ceremony marked a milestone in the construction of a new innerbelt bridge.

Ohio Department of Transportation crews held a "topping out" ceremony Monday morning to mark the completion of the structural steel portion of the second George V. Voinovich Bridge.

The final large steel beam was raised into place over Abbey Avenue in Cleveland. The actual beam was decorated with an evergreen tree and a US flag. The evergreen symbolizes growth and good luck and is part of an American ironworker tradition that dates back to the beginning of the 20th century.

ODOT is in the middle of replacing the 1959 Interstate 90 bridge, which is commonly called the innerbelt bridge, with a pair of new bridges named after former Cleveland mayor, Ohio governor and US senator George V. Voinovich. The first bridge opened in November of 2013 and the second bridge is expected to open in the fall of 2016.

 

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