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Cleveland’s New I-90 Innerbelt Bridge:
ODOT Presents Innerbelt Project Expectations, Selection Criteria to Engineering and Bridge Design Councils

Cleveland (Thursday, January 14, 2010)As the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) advances what will be the state’s largest single transportation investment ever,  the Department's expert engineers yesterday presented project highlights to a packed house of contractors, engineers and designers with the Association for Bridge Construction & Design and American Society of Highway Engineers.

Nearly 200 engineers and designers crowded the Doubletree Hotel in Independence as ODOT’s project team presented expectations and selection criteria – as well as extensive research and public outreach done in the past – in the state’s first value-based design-build project – construction of a new $450 million westbound Interstate 90 Innerbelt Bridge.

As part of the Department’s innovative value-based 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 made clear its intentions of choosing design-build teams to provide:  Maximum Positive Impact, Superior Design & Construction Expertise, Outstanding Aesthetics, Creative Ideas for Sustainability and Excellent Community Relations.

The Department also laid out selection criteria for choosing the final design including: Sustainability and Green Initiatives, I-90 Bridge Aesthetics, Design Management, Proposed Design, Construction Management, Construction, Quality Management, Schedule, Community Relations, On-the-Job Training, Prequalification and Cost.

Each of the above criteria have been assigned a point value and a team of ODOT and City of Cleveland officials will evaluate the proposed design based on this technical scoring.  Only after the design-build proposals have been scored will price proposals be opened and evaluated. The project will be awarded to the team which provides the “best value” based on a combination of the technical score and the price proposal.

In March, ODOT plans to choose up to three design-build teams to prepare technical and price proposals for the new westbound bridge.  These teams will submit their technical and price proposals in August.  

The Department also wants Cleveland residents to have a say in the look of the new structure.  The contract will be awarded this 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 is expected to begin in 2011 and the entire project is expected to be complete by June 2014.


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

or email