Actually, its two bridges: The new Innerbelt Bridge is 4,246 feet long roughly 800 feet less than the current one to make way for a gateway bridge over Ontario Street that will create a smooth transition for traffic leaving and entering downtown, says ODOT project manager Craig Hebebrand.
There are new bike lanes: Safety concerns kept them from the bridge itself, but new bicycle lanes will be installed on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, Abbey Avenue and up East Ninth Street to Broadway. A Tremont hillside beneath the new bridge will also be regraded and decorated with trees and shrubs.
It'll light up the night: Energy-efficient LED lights will create a glowing trestle reflected by the Cuyahoga River a bit of eye candy that helped the winning firm close the deal. As Teeuwen explains, We gave five extra bonus points for the design that was most aesthetically pleasing.