By Joe Roman
GCP President and CEO
The opening of the new eastbound Innerbelt bridge last year completed a half-billion-dollar investment in Cleveland—one that offers a towering testament to a unique leader, a city’s future and the ability of government to work effectively for the public.
Together with its corresponding westbound twin, the two George V. Voinovich bridges spanning the Cuyahoga River downtown will each carry five lanes of traffic, bringing with them significant transportation efficiencies and other substantial economic benefits for Greater Cleveland.
The spans are a fitting tribute to a man who dedicated his life toward moving Cleveland forward.
As the city’s mayor, Voinovich—a reassuring and practical leader—skillfully liberated Cleveland from the inherited mire of default and restored the city’s fiscal integrity.
Though he also served as Ohio’s governor and as a U.S. senator, it could be argued that it was Voinovich’s steady leadership during the early years of his mayoral service that represent his finest hours as a public servant.
Above photo: At the ribbon cutting for the George V. Voinovich westbound Innerbelt Bridge in November 2013, the former U.S. Senator, governor and mayor (third from left) was joined by family members, state and local elected officials and hundreds of onlookers.