Cleveland’s Eastbound Innerbelt Bridge:
Potential Design-Build-Finance Teams Submit Statements of Qualifications
Cleveland (Friday, December 21, 2012)The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) today received statements of qualifications from potential design-build-finance (DBF) teams who hope to design, construct and finance the second (eastbound) I-90 Innerbelt Bridge and demolish the existing aging span.  ODOT is in the midst of the replacing the current bridge with two, new bridges – one to carry westbound traffic, the other to carry eastbound traffic.   
The following teams have submitted Statements of Qualifications to ODOT: 
DBF Contractor(s)
DBF Designer
Kokosing Construction Company
Michael Baker Jr., Inc.
Trumbull Corporation,
The Great Lakes Construction Company, &
The Ruhlin Company
URS Corporation
Walsh Construction
HDR Engineering, Inc.
C.J. Mahan Construction Company, LLC &
Janssen & Spaans Engineering, Inc.
On November 20, ODOT began advertising for “requests for qualifications” from potential DBF teams.  Potential teams were required to provide ODOT with a list of qualifications including past experience in design-build construction management, finance abilities, project understanding and approach and capabilities of the team.
The list of qualified respondents will be narrowed to no more than three following a defined scoring model outlined in the request for qualifications.  In early February, ODOT will announce the teams selected to develop technical and financial proposals. A final winning team is likely to be selected by the summer of 2013.
The Innerbelt Bridge project includes replacing the current aging I-90 span with two new bridges and expands the number of lanes from eight to ten.  Crews are currently working to build the new westbound bridge, and it alone is the largest project in ODOT history. Using the design-build method – where design and construction are rolled into one project – the westbound bridge is expected to be open to traffic during the fall of 2013.
The DBF team will be responsible for financing a portion of the estimated $330 million cost of constructing the new eastbound bridge and demolishing the current bridge. Construction is anticipated to begin as soon as the westbound bridge is complete.
In January 2012, ODOT announced a $1.6 billion transportation funding gap that pushed back by decades some of the state’s largest construction projects, including the construction of Cleveland’s second Innerbelt Bridge. Pursuit of a DBF team has allowed ODOT to return the project to its original construction start date.
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For more information contact:
ODOT Innerbelt Communications Office at (216) 584-4030 or email