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Cleveland’s New I-90 Innerbelt Bridge:
City of Cleveland to Assist ODOT in Innovative Construction Process

Cleveland (Thursday, December 17, 2009)As the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) advances what will be the state’s largest single transportation investment ever, ODOT is assuring that citizen opinion and public input are part of the innovative process that will decide the final look and design of the new, Interstate 90 Innerbelt Bridge. 

As part of the Department’s unique design-build process – a move that will allow the state to capitalize on improved project timing, reduced costs, clear quality control and enhanced innovation opportunities by combining the design and construction of the project in one, competitively-bid contractODOT is adding three members of the City of Cleveland staff to assist in the evaluation of qualifications and technical proposals by prospective contracting teams.

“This effort builds upon ODOT’s extensive inclusion of public input in Cleveland’s new Innerbelt Bridge,” said ODOT District 12 Deputy Director Bonita Teeuwen, who also noted that Department has held numerous public outreach meetings as well as addressed hundreds of project inquiries and comments over the length of the project.

ODOT has also worked extensively with the Innerbelt Urban Design and Aesthetics Subcommittee chaired by Cleveland City Planning Commission Director, Robert N. Brown.  The Subcommittee, which included 35 instrumental community representatives, has been working since June to provide prescriptive comments to be included in the design-build contract.

With monthly meetings and focus groups, the subcommittee considered and recommended a series of design principles for the structure, including consistent and coherent design, minimal piers, aesthetic lighting treatment,  and curved or “haunched” girders.

The committee also prescribed specific enhancements to be constructed in the Tremont and Gateway neighborhoods surrounding the structure, including scenic overlooks, improved lighting and green-space, multi-modal connections and additional parking. The finalized recommendations from the aesthetic subcommittee were approved by the Cleveland City Planning Commission in November.   

In March, ODOT plans to choose three design-build teams to prepare technical and price proposals for the new westbound bridge.  The three teams will submit their technical and price proposals in August and ODOT and the City of Cleveland will evaluate the technical proposals before opening the price proposals and determining the best value.

The department also wants Cleveland residents to have a say in the look of the new structure.  The contract will be awarded next September, and the winning design-build team will be required to present the community with an opportunity to select the final aesthetic details through a series of additional public meetings.

Construction will begin in 2011 and the span is expected to be complete by June 2014.


For more information contact:
The ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-2006

or email