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Fulton Road Bridge over the Metroparks Zoo to Reopen Friday, July 9, 2010
Important connection to be reestablished for businesses, travelers

Cleveland (Wednesday, June 30, 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 today announced that the Fulton Road Bridge will reopen on Friday, July 9, 2010.

The original Fulton Road Bridge was opened to traffic on August 9, 1932. According to August 9 and 11 editions of the 1932 Cleveland Press, adjoining neighborhoods planned a six-day festival to mark the opening, with crowds estimated between 45,000 and 75,000 each night.

While a much smaller crowd is expected this year, rain or shine, neighbors and friends are invited to join laborers, construction personnel and project officials shortly after 10 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The bridge will be officially reopened to vehicular traffic shortly after noon on Friday, July 9 following the celebration.

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.

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.

"With updated features like bike lanes and scenic overlooks, this renewed connection will bring new visitors and new business to Cleveland’s west side," said District 12 Deputy Director Bonita G. Teeuwen, P.E. "We are pleased to again restore traffic along this important connection for businesses, travelers and zoo patrons alike."

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.

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For more information contact:
The ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-2006
or email D12.PublicInformation@dot.state.oh.us