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Cleveland’s New I-90 Innerbelt Bridge:

ODOT Presents Project Expectations to Potential Design-Build Teams

Focus on Strong Community Partnerships and Need for Disadvantaged Business Participation 


Cleveland (Wednesday, February 10, 2010)The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) continues to advance what will be the state’s largest single transportation investment ever – construction of a new $450 million westbound Innerbelt Bridge.


Over 150 contractors, designers, consultants and various government entities yesterday filled the Middleburg Heights Community Center as ODOT’s project experts presented the project scope and various contractual documents – as well as extensive research and public outreach done in the past – in the state’s first value-based design-build project.  The Department continued to focus on strong partnerships between design-build teams and the Cleveland community and stressed the increased need for disadvantaged business participation in the project.


In order to increase the amount of disadvantaged community and business participation in the project, ODOT announced a lofty “aspirational goal” for the project.  ODOT specified that  15 percent of work on the project should be performed by small and disadvantaged businesses in the Cleveland community, three percent of workers should receive on-the-job training  and two community outreach consultants will work hand-in-hand with the disadvantaged business community.


On February 2, ODOT began advertising for “Requests for Qualifications” from potential design-build teams.  Potential design-build teams are required to provide ODOT with a list of qualifications including past experience in design-build construction management, project understanding and approach and capabilities of the team.  ODOT must receive Statements of Qualification from design-build teams prior to March 2, 2010.  ODOT will then evaluate each proposal and on March 23, ODOT will announce 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. 

As part of the Department’s innovative value-based design-build process, ODOT has 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 has 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 criteria.  Only after the design-build proposals have been evaluated will price proposals be opened. The project will be awarded to the team which provides the “best value” based on a combination of the technical and the price proposals.

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.  To view a copy of the February 9 presentation, please click here.  For more information log-on to


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