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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland's Innerbelt Bridge project is progressing one step at a time.

The first of two bridges has been open a little more than two weeks.

First it handled traffic from reopened downtown East Ninth Street and Ontario Street ramps.

This past weekend, it took on all westbound traffic on Interstate 90.

Weather permitting, this coming weekend, eastbound traffic will move from the old bridge to its temporary home on the new bridge.

Demolition of the old bridge will start this winter.

Work on the second bridge, headed eastbound, starts next spring.

The bridge project should be finished in fall 2016.

The price tag for the first bridge is $293 million. The cost of demolishing the old bridge and building the second bridge is $273 million.

The total of $566 million in funding is all locked in.

The first bridge received funding from state and federal gas taxes and stimulus funding.

The second bridge is being funded through revenue from bonds backed by the Ohio Turnpike.

Five hundred workers were employed during peak time on the first bridge. A similar number is projected to be involved with the second.

A contractor for the demolition was picked recently. ODOT is still reviewing plans for how the work will be done.

But funding for work on the remainder of the Innerbelt trench/corridor and Innerbelt curve is unidentified and is a long way off. Some construction is projected to be finished in 2033.

Detours and ramp closings will remain facts of life for motorists to cope with as the project unfolds.

For the latest information check "Traffic Impact" at www.Innerbelt.org.

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