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Last major steel girder rivieted into place

Last major steel girder rivieted into place

(Cleveland) - The Ohio Department of Transportation hosted a “Topping Out” ceremony Friday to commemorate the completion of structural steel erection on the new westbound Interstate 90 Innerbelt Bridge.

The final steel beam was raised by crane into place over Abbey Avenue in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood.

The steel girder in the “Topping Out” ceremony was adorned with an evergreen tree symbolizing growth and good luck, and the U.S. flag.

The use of a U.S. flag and tree on the steel beam is an American ironworker tradition that dates back to the beginning of the last century.

Walsh Construction and HNTB Ohio, Inc. also took part in the ceremony.

Workers will continue to make smaller steel connections over the next two weeks, with Abbey Ave. remaining closed until it’s done. 

ODOT’S Jocelynn Clemings says the bridge is scheduled to open in November or December after more than 2 years of construction. About 200 construction workers are at the site.

Heavy equipment operator Tony Earhardt and ironworker Joe Revay celebrate the last major Innbelt bridge connection.

The $293 bridge is the biggest project in ohio department of transpiration history. A second bridge is expected to cost $293 million and is to be completed in the fall of 2016.

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(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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