CLEVELAND - 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.
After nearly three years, the first phase of the project is nearly complete.
"Likely in the fall of this year, late November is what we are looking at right now," said ODOT spokesperson Jocelynn Clemings.
Clemings said crews are in the final phase of construction on the first bridge, they are working on the concrete driving surface.
Groundbreaking for the nearly one-mile-long bridge started in the spring of 2011. Elevan million pounds of rebar and 40 million pounds of structural steel girders have been used in the project.
Roughly 140,000 drivers use the bridge daily. Arina Zaciu used to drive to Cleveland a lot more than she does now.
"I started taking the bus right now, cause driving in was just too chaotic," Zaciu said.
When the new bridge is complete, the old bridge will be demolished and a new one built. The $566 million project is expected to be complete in 2016.
ODOT gives public tours of the bridge, for more information http://www.innerbelt.org
Innerbelt Bridge Coverage
ODOT puts in a traffic pattern change on the inbound Innerbelt Bridge, but no signs have been put in place to warn drivers.