Section of Horseshoe Casino walkway being assembled on Prospect Avenue

CLEVELAND - The new walkway linking the Horseshoe Casino's parking garage to the second floor of the downtown gaming center is beginning to take shape.

On Tuesday evening, signs of assembly of what will be the 175-foot bridge could be seen in the curb lane of Prospect Avenue behind the old May Company Building.

In August, Rock Ohio Caesar purchased the Higbee Building from Forest City, clearing the way for the bridge over the intersection of Ontario Street and Prospect Avenues.

The casino had long argued the walkway was needed to improve customer access to the building, especially during the winter months when customers not taking the casino-offered shuttle were forced to cross the street in the elements.

"The walkway answers the call of our guests, who have requested a more convenient way to access the casino without crossing busy streets or braving harsh weather," said Marcus Glover, the general manager of Horseshoe Casino.

Some opposed to the walkway are concerned of its impact on downtown businesses as well as its aesthetic harm to area.

The bridge will cross the intersection diagonally at a height of 16 feet, 6 inches.

It is expected to open in early 2014.

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