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Final Opportunity for Public Comment on Innerbelt Bridge Aesthetic Details Tonight
ODOT Seeking Comment through Midnight Tonight at www.Innerbelt.org

CLEVELAND (Wednesday, December 15, 2010) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will hold a public meeting tonight from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. to present the public with the final aesthetic details to be applied to Cleveland’s new westbound Innerbelt Bridge.  Designs used on the first new bridge will ultimately be applied to the second new bridge which will carry eastbound traffic.  

The meeting was originally scheduled for Monday, December 13, but a massive winter storm forced the cancellation of the meeting.  ODOT rescheduled the meeting for this evening and extended the online comment period through 11:59 p.m. tonight.  ODOT began seeking comments on its Web site on December 6.  To date, more than 530 individuals have expressed their preferences.  Area residents are encouraged to log-on to Innerbelt.org to submit their preferences.  

Members of the public who attend tonight’s Public Meeting, or visit the project Web site through 11:59 p.m. tonight, will be polled on very specific elements – including pier treatments, fence and lighting options, retaining wall materials and more – in order to determine a public preference for each specific element. 

Public preferences will be presented to the City of Cleveland Flats-Downtown Design Review Committee and Cleveland City Planning Commission following tonight’s Public Meeting.  Full details are available at Innerbelt.org.

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 to increase stability and open additional green space adjacent to the river below.

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 Innerbelt.org for more information. 

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ATTENTION MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA: Interview Opportunity
Innerbelt Bridge Team Public Involvement Manager Cathie Farroll will be available for interview regarding the process today by phone at (216) 308-3098.
 

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