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Cleveland’s New I-90 Innerbelt Bridge:

ODOT Requests Qualifications from Potential Design-Build Teams

Cleveland (Wednesday, February 3, 2010)As the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) advances what will be the state’s largest single transportation investment ever, yesterday the Department moved another step closer to building Cleveland’s $450 million westbound Innerbelt Bridge by 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 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. 

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 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.  For more information - or to view the Request for Qualifications – log-on to



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

or email