|Crosses||Norfolk Southern Railway|
|Owner||Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)|
|Engineering design||Howard, Needles, Tammen and Bergendoff|
|Design||Cantilever truss arch|
|Total length||4,223 feet (1,287 m)|
|Width||116.25 feet (35.43 m)|
|Number of spans||7|
|Construction begin||December 12, 1954|
|Opened||August 15, 1959|
|Closed||November 22, 2013|
The bridge, completed in 1959, is 4,223 feet (1,287 m) in length and 116.25 feet (35.43 m) in width, built as the widest bridge in Ohio. The Innerbelt Bridge replaced the Central Viaduct.
On November 13, 2008, all commercial truck traffic was banned from the bridge because it was deemed structurally insufficient after a review of a computer analysis. Trucks were directed to follow Interstate 490 and Interstate 77 to detour around the bridge. Two bridge lanes of four in each direction were closed from September 1 until November 13, when an additional lane was reopened each way. On November 25, 2009, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) reopened the fourth lane in each direction and permitted trucks to use the southwestbound roadway again; trucks were permitted northeastbound again in mid-2010, although detour signage was retained to discourage trucks in that direction from using the bridge due to engineering and traffic flow concerns.
As part of the Innerbelt Freeway rebuild, the bridge is being replaced by the George V. Voinovich Bridges. The new westbound bridge opened and the Innerbelt Bridge was vacated in 2013, and the eastbound bridge, projected to be built in the location of the Innerbelt Bridge, is planned to open in 2016. Dismantling of the Innerbelt Bridge began January 13, 2014, with expected implosion of the remainder in early summer 2014.
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