A ramp in Tremont will be temporarily reopened for Friday morning's commute.
CLEVELAND - The director of the Ohio Department of Transportation, Jerry Wray, said ODOT will use money from the private sector to get the Innerbelt Bridge project complete by 2016.
Wray made the announcement live on Good Morning Cleveland Thursday morning. He said the private entities providing financing will be paid interest.
The bridge is a major artery in and out of Cleveland. For several years now, plans have been in place to replace the bridge with two bridges -- one for incoming traffic, the other for outgoing.
But in the past few months, estimated completion dates for part of the project have fluctuated because of ODOT budget shortfalls.
Construction is currently being done on the westbound bridge. That's set to be completed in two years. But the eastbound bridge won't be ready until 2019, three years later than it was supposed to be.
That matters to drivers because until that second bridge is finished, the first bridge will handle both traffic directions and it could get congested.
The original completion date for that second bridge was 2016. At one point, it was pushed backed to 2026, but ODOT reconfigured funds and pushed it up seven years.
Wray and Ohio Governor John Kasich will officially announce the plan at 11 a.m. this morning and will provide further details.
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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.