Comments Sought on Final Plans for Public Areas Around Second Innerbelt Bridge
Plans include nature play area, public overlook & salute to Cleveland announcing “Cleveland Rocks!”
 
CLEVELAND (Tuesday, January 8, 2013) – This evening, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) held a public meeting to discuss options for the look and feel of community areas surrounding the second new Innerbelt Bridge. 
 
During the spring of 2012, ODOT engaged groups of city and county officials, local community development organizations and business interests to introduce proposed enhancements and ask for feedback.  These Focus Groups provided further suggestions and refinements to the areas.  A public meeting was held in July and comments on the widely-commended plan were accepted. 
 
In Tremont, the plan includes a public space in the vicinity of Abbey Avenue and W 14th Street – known as “The Sideyard” – which will serve as a “nature play” area for the local community.  The plan also includes a public overlook along the Towpath Trail and Abbey Avenue beneath the new eastbound Innerbelt Bridge; and enhanced entrances to the Towpath Trail.
 
Across the river, in the Gateway area of downtown, the plans includes enhanced landscaping in the area of inbound Ontario Street, East 9th Street and the I-90 ramps; and wall treatments along inbound Ontario Street – a special salute to Cleveland announcing “Cleveland Rocks!”
 
Public comments on tonight’s proposals will be accepted in writing to info@Innerbelt.org now through January 15, 2012.  Final plans will be presented to the City of Cleveland’s Downtown/Flats Design Review and Planning Commission for final concurrence.  Clevelanders may also view tonight’s presentation and provide comments online by visiting www.Innerbelt.org and selecting “Second (Eastbound) Bridge” from the menu at the left.   
 
In other news, the project team also discussed traffic changes during the fall of 2013 – including the closure of the W 14th Street on-ramp – as well as updated working hours for noisy operations.  These working hours will prohibit prospective contractors from working overnight on noisy operations from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m.
 
Log-on to www.Innerbelt.org or dial the Project Hotline at 216.344.0069 for more information.
 
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Motorists are encouraged to utilize alternate forms of transportation during the construction of Cleveland’s new Innerbelt Bridge including Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) bus and rapid transit services and Ohio Rideshare carpooling services.  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.RIDE.
 
For more information contact:
ODOT Innerbelt Communications Office at (216) 584-4030 or email info@Innerbelt.org.