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Cleveland’s New I-90 Innerbelt Bridge:
ODOT Makes History With Estimated $67.5 Million in Subcontracting Opportunities for Northeast Ohio Disadvantaged Businesses
July 27 Flagship Event for Women, Minorities, Small and Disadvantaged Businesses Across Northeast Ohio  

Cleveland (Monday, July 19, 2010)The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is providing opportunities to disadvantaged businesses in Northeast Ohio for nearly $67.5 million in construction, supplies, trucking and professional services contracts. The work is for the new I-90 Innerbelt Bridge project. These business opportunities reflect a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation goal of 15 percent of the estimated $450 million design-build project. In an extraordinary move, ODOT has set the aspirational DBE participation goal to $90 million, or 20 percent of the project.  

To reach out to these businesses, ODOT and the City of Cleveland will co-host a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Outreach conference on July 27, from 3 - 6 p.m., in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall, 601 Lakeside Avenue.  Attendees will receive important information about possible subcontracting, sub-consulting and supply opportunities, the DBE certification process, new DBE submission requirements for the project and pre-qualification requirements. They will also have an opportunity to meet and discuss the project with each of the three pre-approved design-build teams who will be bidding on this project.

This is an historic first for ODOT and sets a new standard for the agency engaging disadvantaged, minorities, and women-owned businesses in construction, equipment, material, supply, trucking and professional services industries. This action comes on the heels of ODOT announcing its investment of $2 billion in Ohio’s multi-modal transportation system.  

"It is in diversity and inclusion that the premise of “Self Help” i.e. (investing, hiring, and procuring locally) is realized.  This commitment is a step in the right direction and is an opportunity not only to stimulate the local economy but to extend an helping hand to our most vulnerable businesses," said Mayor Frank G. Jackson.  

Construction of a new westbound I-90 Innerbelt Bridge is the first step in ODOT’s Innerbelt Modernization Plan geared toward improving safety, reducing congestion and traffic delays, and modernizing interstate travel through Downtown Cleveland. At an estimated cost of $450 million, it’s the largest single transportation investment in Ohio’s history.  

“Over the next several years, the work we will be doing as individuals, as a department and as a community to replace the I-90 Innerbelt Bridge will reflect the diversity of Cleveland,” said ODOT District 12 Deputy Director Bonita G. Teeuwen, P.E.  “It will touch millions of lives and have a positive impact that will keep this city vibrant and healthy for the next century.”  

It’s anticipated that construction on the I-90 Innerbelt Bridge will begin in 2011. The entire project is expected to be completed by June 2014.  For more information, log on to www.Innerbelt.org.

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For more information contact:
Dr. Rachel Talton at (216) 431-0008 or email rtalton@synergycem.com