A ramp in Tremont will be temporarily reopened for Friday morning's commute.
CLEVELAND - Business owners in the Tremont area have been adjusting to the inconveniences they're enduring around the Innerbelt Bridge construction.
Owner of Gateway Animal Clinic Dr. Brian Forsgren has taken care of most of the pets in the area over the years. But he said Innerbelt construction hasn't made that easy.
"Well, the major effect was two and a half years ago when we had to build a new clinic," he said.
The street to his clinic was completely blocked off for construction. Forsgren said that made it almost impossible for clients to get to the clinic, so they had to move in order to survive.
"We took a 5,000 square feet facility, got some money from ODOT folks and built this 8,000 square feet facility," he said.
Two years later, however, Forsgren said they still have to work out the kinks left by Innerbelt construction.
"It's caused some inconvenience for the clients getting here. It was closed temporarily and then it was moved to one way and now it's moved the other way," he said.
"I think that since my business is only about 5 years old that I haven't seen the past business so I'm looking to seeing what will come into the neighborhood when it does get fixed," said owner of Churned Ice Cream & A Cookie and A Cupcake Syndee Bergen said. She knows a safer bridge is a necessity, so she's taking it all in stride.
"I'm sure the other neighborhood businesses that have been here about 20 years are looking forward to it coming back to where it was," said Bergen.
Forsgren said they've survived the Innerbelt roadwork and look forward to its completion in the years to come.
"Fortunately, people are so enamored and focused on their animals that it hasn't really negatively impacted our actual business or the flow of clients," he said.
Innerbelt Bridge Coverage
The Ohio Department of Transportation is closing I-90 eastbound closure Thursday morning at 9, which means commuters should expect major delays along a number of highways
Cleveland saw the opening of the new Innerbelt bridge over the weekend - at least for westbound drivers.
The Tremont neighborhood has been hit especially hard with street closings and detours during the construction of the new Innerbelt Bridge. Now that the bridge is opening, much of the heavy construction should taper off.
The new westbound Innerbelt bridge, which was set to open to traffic Saturday, has been delayed until Sunday or Monday.
Two new Innerbelt Bridge construction projects will affect west side inbound drivers for the next three years.
The Innerbelt Bridge project is making a major change to your commute.
The East 9th Street ramp to Interstate 90 west and Interstate 71 south is now closed and will remain closed for two months as work on the new Innerbelt Bridge project begins.
The final pieces to the new I-90 westbound Innerbelt Bridge are going up this week.