Fulton Road Bridge over the Metroparks Zoo Officially Reopened Today
Important connection reestablished for businesses, travelers
Garfield Heights (Friday, July 9, 2010) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Engineer’s Office and partners including the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation after nearly four years, today reopened the Fulton Road Bridge.
Neighbors and friends joined laborers, construction personnel and project officials shortly after 10 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“The men and women who cut the ribbon for this beautiful bridge each played an important role in its construction,” said District 12 Deputy Director Bonita G. Teeuwen, P.E. “From laborers to carpenters and iron workers… and from electricians to concrete finishers and equipment operators… each and every one of you deserves a round of applause!”
Following the ribbon cutting, Joe Cannon – a former Cleveland City Councilman from 1976 to 1990 – assisted in releasing a pair of doves to celebrate the opening. Cannon, 86, is a lifetime resident of Old Brooklyn and as a young boy attended the opening of the original Fulton Road Bridge almost 78 years ago.
The bridge officially reopened to vehicular traffic shortly before noon following the celebration.
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will again serve this area with bus #79A/B, starting back on its regular route on Sunday, July 11. All timetables for this route are available on www.riderta.com or by calling the RTAnswerline at 216.621.9500.
The Fulton Road Bridge over the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo was closed in October 2006 after it was determined that replacing the structure was more cost-effective than rehabilitating the earlier span.
The new Fulton Road Bridge weighs 46,500 tons, or the approximate weight of 9,300 female African elephants. The bridge is 1,583 feet long - the length of 122 adult boa constrictors laid end-to-end – and is 110 feet tall, as tall as seven (7) giraffes stacked hoof-to-horn.
Minor work beneath the structure, including sealing and construction of a shared-use path, will continue into the summer months with little or no impacts to traffic. Approximately 23,300 vehicles use the bridge each day.
For more information contact:
The ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-2005
or email D12.PublicInformation@dot.state.oh.us