Second New George V. Voinovich Bridge “Topped Out”
Symbolic ceremony marks completion of structural steel erection for new bridge
CLEVELAND (Monday, June 27, 2016) – The Ohio Department of Transportation and contractor Trumbull-Great Lakes-Ruhlin hosted a “Topping Out” ceremony today to commemorate the completion of structural steel erection on the second new George V. Voinovich Bridge.
“This is a huge milestone for the project team,” said Ohio Department of Transportation Project Manager for Construction, Tom Hyland. “We are on schedule for a late summer/early fall opening, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the work of the men and women on this project.”
The final large steel beam was raised by crane into place over Abbey Avenue in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood after 11 a.m. The 96-foot long steel girder weighs 112,475 pounds and is eight (8) feet tall. With completion of structural steel, the second new GVV Bridge is about 90 percent complete. Crews will spend the next several months forming the rebar bridge deck and pouring the concrete driving surface to prepare for opening.
The girder was adorned with an evergreen tree symbolizing growth and good luck, and the U.S. flag. The use of a U.S. flag and tree on the steel beam is an American ironworker tradition that dates back to the beginning of the last century.
ODOT is in the midst of replacing the 1959 Interstate 90 “Innerbelt Bridge” with a pair of new structures. The pair have been named in honor of the late Ohio statesman George V. Voinovich. At a total cost of over half a billion dollars, the projects are the largest bridge replacement projects in the state of Ohio’s history. The first of the pair was opened to traffic in November 2013 and is temporarily carrying traffic in both directions until completion of the second new bridge, which is anticipated to open late this summer or early this fall.
For more information on the GVV Bridge project and others along the Downtown Cleveland Innerbelt Corridor, log-on to www.Innerbelt.org.
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