Gone in seconds: Countdown to Innerbelt Bridge demolition

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CLEVELAND -- It has stood strong for 55 years, but in a matter of seconds, what remains of the Innerbelt Bridge will be coming down.

A controlled demolition of the bridge is planned for 6 a.m., Saturday.

About 400 explosives are in place to bring down the remaining five spans of the bridge. "I can't give specifics about where the explosives are, of course, but they are placed in a way that allows the bridge to be cut and allow it to fall on itself and down towards the ground," ODOT Spokesperson Jocelynn Clemings said.

A restricted "blast zone" is in place keeping everyone at least 1,000 feet away from the bridge during the demolition.

A number of nearby roads will be closed during the implosion. "For safety reasons, there is a 1,000 foot perimeter. That includes closing many local roadways in both The Flats and Tremont. I-90 will be closed; the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge will be closed, as well as Abbey Avenue in Tremont," Clemings noted.

Jim Aussem has been working in Downtown Cleveland since 1969 and has driven over the bridge a lot. He see the demolition of the bridge and the building of the sister span to be a good thing for the area. “Sometimes you got to get rid of the old to create new and better and that's what this is about," he said.

ODOT has set up a public viewing area for the demolition near East 14th and Broadway.  But, there is no available parking there. People will have to park downtown and walk to the site.

*You can watch the implosion live right here on FOX8.com Saturday morning*

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