Lt. Governor Mary Taylor was recently in Cleveland to join George & Janet Voinovich and other City/Legislative Leaders for a public unveiling of one of the phases of the Inner Belt Bridge. The Plain Dealer has more here about this exciting news:
Thomas Janusczak waited Friday morning near an on-ramp to the new Inner Belt Bridge, ready to make a trip much like one he took 54 years ago.
Only then he was in a stroller, being pushed by his mother across what is now Cleveland’s aging viaduct over the Cuyahoga River. This time, he would walk across the city’s new downtown bridge.
Janusczak’s half hour wait in a stiff wind paid off. He was the first member of the public to step onto the Ontario ramp leading to the new westbound Inner Belt Bridge.
Within an hour a crowd of 300 curious onlookers, proud construction workers and dignitaries had gathered for the ceremonial kickoff of the $293 million structure, the biggest project ever for the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The first phase of Cleveland’s Inner Belt project was completed in 2½ years, on time and under budget, ODOT officials said Friday.
Once all traffic is moved onto the new bridge at the end of November, the bridge that opened in 1959 will be demolished. That work will take place over the winter.
The westbound structure was officially dedicated Friday as the George V. Voinovich Bridge.
The former U.S. senator, Ohio governor and Cleveland mayor was at the ceremony with his wife, Janet, and more than a dozen family members. Voinovich said that legacy – “my children, my grandchildren, and yours” – was what he thought of most when considering the massive project named in his honor.
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