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Cold Storage Building to be Removed to Make Way for New Innerbelt Bridge
Tremont’s University Road to Close as Cold Storage Building Removal Begins 

CLEVELAND (Friday, February 25, 2011) – Beginning on Tuesday, March 1, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will permanently close University Road between W. 14th Street and the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks along the west bank of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. This closure serves as the first closure to take place as part of Cleveland’s Innerbelt Plan and construction of the first of two, new I-90 Innerbelt Bridges. 

The closure of University Road will coincide with the long-awaited start of demolition of the Cleveland Cold Storage Building – the massive concrete structure best known for its billboards – which sits just north of the existing Innerbelt Bridge and has long blocked impressive views of the Cleveland skyline. 

The Cold Storage Building will be removed to make way for the new westbound Innerbelt Bridge and much of the west bank of the Tremont bluff will be excavated to improve the stability of the west bank and to provide room for future green space uses in that area.  The Cold Storage building will be removed using mechanical means well into the summer months.

University Road will be closed permanently just west of W. 14th Street and a cul-de-sac will be constructed just west of the railroad tracks.  Those motorists wishing to travel to the Tremont neighborhood and destinations such as Sokolowski’s University Inn, will be rerouted via Scranton Road and Fairfield Avenue. 

Along with this work, crews are currently working to demolish buildings to make way for the new westbound bridge.  Official groundbreaking will take place early this spring.  

Also beginning next week – should weather allow – crews will close the E. 21st Street ramp to I-77 southbound.  The E. 21st Street ramp will remain closed until both the new westbound and eastbound Innerbelt bridges are constructed for at least six years.  Motorists will be detoured west on Carnegie Avenue to E. 14th Street or east on Carnegie to E. 22nd Street.  Both E. 14th and E. 22nd Streets allow motorists to enter Orange Avenue and continue on to I-77 southbound.   

In September 2010, the project to construct the first of two new bridges 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. 

For more information, log-on to Innerbelt.org or dial the Project Hotline at 216.344.0069. 

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Motorists are encouraged to utilize alternate forms of transportation during construction including Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) bus and rapid transit services and the OhioRideshare carpooling matching service provided free by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA).  For more information, log-on to RideRTA.com or call the RTAnswerline at 216.621.9500.  Visit Ohio Rideshare on the Web at OhioRideshare.com or dial 800.825.7433.

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

Public Involvement Manager, Cathie Farroll at (216) 377-5807.