News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Knight Foundation

Hennes Paynter Communications

NOCHE


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Economy and Business


Phase one of Cleveland's Inner Belt bridge project is over
With traffic starting to flow Saturday, some businesses under the new bridge are relieved
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


Reporter
Kevin Niedermier
 
Third generation owner, Bernie Sokolowski says the ramp and street closings drove some customers away.
Courtesy of Kevin Niedermier
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

After more than two years of work, the first phase of Cleveland’s major Inner Belt bridge project is finished. ODOT says west-bound traffic will begin flowing on Saturday.

Soon, demolition will begin on the original  54 year old bridge. And, thanks to new Ohio Turnpike funding, new eastbound replacement is scheduled to be finished in about three years.

 Until then, both east and west bound traffic will use the new bridge. As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, phase one’s competition is good news for the businesses underneath the massive construction project.

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:00)


Sokolowski’s University Inn has been serving food and drinks in the same location beside the bridge since 1923. Third-generation owner Bernie Sokolowski says the street and exit ramp closings hurt business, but, adjustments were made.

“Most people in Cleveland, I find, basically know how to get around and find a way. But there are those people that don’t want to change their patterns and only know one way, and you kind of lose those customers.
"But we’re very fortunate we have good customers that were able to stay ahead. But it was tough, and there were times when I was thinking if it was really worth it.”

Though additional streets and ramps will be closed as the bridge work continues, Sokolowski believes the worst of the disruptions are over. He says when the original bridge was built in the mid-1950s, his family’s business was just a bar. But they started serving food to the construction workers, and that transformed the establishment into a restaurant as well.

 

(Click image for larger view.)

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio's Supreme Court narrowly upholds Ashford Thompson's death sentence
"Justices" William O’Neill, Paul Pfeifer and Judith Lanzinger should all be immediately removed from the court. If they could actually believe that this murde...

Ohio's Sen. Brown is pushing for more assistance for homeless vets
That would be a great program to have for the homeless vets. Many of them are still suffering from PTSD even from the Vietnam war.

Lordstown GM plant plans to install 8,500 solar panels
How much will this solar array cost? How is it being funded, and who is really paying for it? How much real useful electricity will it actually produce in MEh p...

Local Ebola concerns cause officials to pay more attention to West Africa
I have a better idea, let's secure our borders and spend those billions of dollars on our own first.

HUD and Cuyahoga Land Bank extend a housing deal for another year
Need to sale lot, and would like to know how to contact someone to see if they may be interested in the property that sat between two lots. If you can give me...

Akron Beacon Journal details abuse claims against televangelist Angley
In the early 90's I went forth for pray. And the man was anointed by the hand of God. Just a fact I will never forget

Lawmaker questions why a million voters didn't get absentee applications
He's a damn lie! I vote n all elections. I missed 1. Haven't gotten my absentee ballot and their making it hard to get one.

Thirsty Dog Brewery warns it might have to leave Akron
Why is it the city's responsibility to find this guy a location? There are a hundred realestate companies that could help him.

Kent State sends home three after contact with second Ebola-stricken nurse
Why weren't all health workers who were around Duncan quaranteened for 21 days and tested for Ebola? That's a no-brainer. Why was Vinson allowed to travel right...

New book says Willoughby Coal is haunted...and that's good for business
Would love to see a series of books that would just thrill me. I cannot wait to visit some of the locations. And revisit some of the locations I have already vi...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University