The Ohio Dept. of Transportation has scrapped a controversial plan to close the aging I-90 Inner Belt bridge in Cleveland while fast-tracking a replacement bridge. Instead, it will use $200 million in federal stimulus money and a mix of local and federal funds to build a new span while keeping the old one operating. The Inner Belt bridge, built in 1959 and similar in design to the failed I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, is a major safety concern and is rated “poor” on the federal bridge rating system. Its condition led ODOT to ban truck traffic last year. The agency last
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