ODOT Celebrates New Eastbound I-90 George V. Voinovich Bridge
Bridge will partially open to traffic on Sunday
Cleveland (Saturday, September 24, 2016) – Today the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and its contractor TGR celebrated the near completion of the eastbound I-90 George V. Voinovich Bridge.
ODOT Director Jerry Wray, many local elected officials, the Voinovich Family and the public gathered to celebrate this tremendous milestone that has been decades in the making.
The George V. Voinovich Bridge is actually a pair of bridges that replaced the single, nearly one mile long, 1950’s-era “Innerbelt Bridge” and beginning Sunday the eastbound bridge will be partially open to traffic. Replacing the aging structure was vital to the success of moving people in and out of downtown Cleveland now, and in the future. Replacement will enhance capacity, bolster Cleveland’s economy and ensure the safety of motorists.
“Combined, the two bridges represent an investment of well over a half-billion dollars,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “Since Gov. John Kasich took office, ODOT has invested more than $12 billion into Ohio’s transportation network.”
The bridges have been touted for their sustainable construction methods and have employed as many as 500 northeast Ohioans. The $566 million investment makes the replacement of the old Innerbelt Bridge the largest bridge replacement project in Ohio’s history and when you combine the two bridges, it is the largest investment in a single project in the history of ODOT.
The eastbound bridge construction started with the demolition of the previous structure, which came down on July 12, 2014 from a controlled explosive demolition. The bridge is expected to open in its entirety by late October 2016. Other minor operations such as painting and lighting will continue into the spring 2017 with minimal impacts to traffic.
In November 2013, the pair of bridges was officially dedicated the “George V. Voinovich Bridge” after one of Ohio’s most distinguished public servants. Born and raised in Cleveland, Voinovich held numerous public posts including U.S. Senator, Ohio Governor, and Cleveland Mayor.
For more information contact:
ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-2005 or email info@Innerbelt.org.