CLEVELAND -- Want a sneak peek at the new westbound I-90 Innerbelt Bridge? You get your chance Friday morning.
A portion of the new bridge will be open to pedestrians for a "bridge preview" prior to the dedication event. Access to the top of the bridge will be permitted from the new Ontario Street on-ramp, at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario -- across from Progressive Field -- from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Friday.
The Ohio Department of Transportation says it is scheduled to partially open to downtown traffic as soon as this weekend. This will be the first in a series of traffic changes that will open the new bridge in its entirety by late November.
Starting at 10:30 a.m. will be the dedication/ribbon cutting ceremony for the bridge. The bridge will be dedicated in honor of former Senator George V. Voinovich.
Weather-permitting, the Ontario and E. 9th streets on-ramps will open this weekend.
The dedication will take place on the Ontario Street entrance ramp to the new westbound Innerbelt Bridge. Paid, public parking is available in surface lots at E 9th and Carnegie, across from the BP Gas station. Short-term parking is also available around the Gateway Plaza (between The Q and Progressive Field.).