New innerbelt bridge opening hold mixed feelings for Tremont residents

Finish of one bridge means start of another

CLEVELAND - 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.

Allison Hurley lives in Tremont near the old Innerbelt Bridge. She owns Simple Yard Care , a landscaping business. Many of her clients are in this historic neighborhood. For her, having work stop on this newly completed bridge means only one thing.

"I'm not looking forward to the demolition of the old bridge," said Hurley, "just because I will be right there. It's going to be a few years before that construction noise stops."

Still, she feels the result will be worth it.

"It's nice to have something brand new in the city, too," she said. "I think it's a good thing."

Claire Dugas, an adoption associate at the Cleveland Animal Protective League , said all of the closures and detours caused by the construction have gotten people coming to adopt animals turned around.

"It's definitely been an issue for people trying to find us," said Dugas. "We have had those calls too, where people are lost."

Now with the bridge finished, Dugas expects less frantic calls.

"Now when those people call, we'll just give that straight..'You're gonna go 90 east, pick up West 14th, make a right. You're here!"

While residents and workers in Tremont are glad to see the completion of the new westbound Innerbelt Bridge, they're bracing for the demolition of the old eastbound one which is scheduled to be finished in 2016.

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