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Cleveland: Fulton Road bridge reopens after four-year closure

10:44 PM, Jul 9, 2010   |    comments
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Following the ribbon cutting, Joe Cannon, a former Cleveland City Councilman from 1976 to 1990, assisted in releasing a pair of doves to celebrate the opening.

Cannon, 86,  is a lifetime resident of Old Brooklyn and as a young boy attended the opening of the original Fulton Road Bridge almost 78 years ago.

The bridge officially reopened to vehicular traffic shortly before noon Friday. It had closed in October, 2006, and the former bridge was imploded on May 1, 2007.

To see a Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Fulton Road bridge construction and building timeline with photos, click HERE.

The Ohio Department of Transportation's District 12 Director Bonita G. Teeuwen said, "The men and women who cut the ribbon for this beautiful bridge each played an important role in its construction."

"From laborers to carpenters and iron workers... and from electricians to concrete finishers and equipment operators... each and every one of you deserves a round of applause."

Starting Sunday, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority will again serve this area with bus #79A/B.

All information and timetables for this route are available here or on www.riderta.com or by calling the RTAnswerline at 216.621.9500.

The Fulton Road Bridge over the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo was closed in October 2006 after it was determined that replacing the structure was more cost-effective than rehabilitating the earlier span.

The resulting detour affected the approximately 23,300 vehicles that crossed the bridge every day.

How big is the new bridge? Using comparisons of animals who inhabit the Metroparks Zoo, he's some details on the new bridge.

The new Fulton Road Bridge weighs 46,500 tons, or the approximate weight of 9,300 female African elephants.

The bridge is 1,583 feet long -- the length of 122 adult boa constrictors laid end-to-end -- and is 110 feet tall, as tall as seven giraffes stacked hoof-to-horn.

Minor work beneath the new structure, including sealing and construction of a shared-use path, will continue into the summer months with little or no impacts to traffic.

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