Cleveland’s New I-90 Innerbelt Bridge:
Final Round of Meetings to Wrap-Up Aesthetics for Historic New Bridge

CLEVELAND (Tuesday, November 30, 2010) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) today met with an extensive group of local stakeholders in what will be the final battery of meetings involving the look and feel of Cleveland’s new westbound Innerbelt Bridge.  Designs used on the first new bridge will ultimately be applied to the second new bridge which will eventually carry eastbound traffic.

Stakeholder groups which include prominent local advocates have met numerous times since the spring of 2006 in order to prescribe important aesthetic elements of the new bridge including scenic overlooks, open railings, new streetscapes and revamped overpasses and ramps.  The project also includes removing a portion of the Tremont bluff overlooking downtown to increase stability and open additional green space adjacent to the river below.

Stakeholders are now meeting to make final adjustments to additional aesthetic details before they are presented to the public in December.  Next month, Cleveland residents will be presented with the final options for aesthetic details of the new structure including pier treatments, fencing options, lighting options, color choices, retaining wall materials and more. 

Members of the public who attend the December 13 Public Meeting, or visit the project Web site between noon December 6 and 11:59 p.m. December 13, will be polled on specific elements in order to determine a public preference for each specific element. 

Public preferences will be presented to the City of Cleveland following the December 13 Public Meeting.  Members of the public are also invited to attend a special meeting of the Cleveland City Planning Commission on December 17, 2010 in order to see the final choices.  Please see below:

 

Meeting

Date & Time

Location

Public Meeting

December 13, 2010
5-8 p.m.

Pilgrim Church Fellowship Hall
2592 W. 14th Street

Cleveland City Planning Commission Meeting

December 17, 2010
9 a.m. - Noon

Cleveland Convention Center Room 211
500 Lakeside Avenue

In September, the project was awarded to Walsh Construction and designer HNTB Ohio Inc. for a total bid amount of $287.4 million.  Using the unique design-build process in which the design and construction of the project are combined in a single contract, the team will complete substantial construction of the new westbound bridge during the fall of 2013 nearly a year earlier than originally anticipated.

Construction is expected to begin during the spring of 2011.  Log-on to www.Innerbelt.org for more information.

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For more information contact:
ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-2006 or email D12.PublicInformation@dot.state.oh.us