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Innerbelt Bridge Ceremonial Groundbreaking Held Today
Single largest project in state history commemorated

CLEVELAND (Monday, May 2, 2011)The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) today ceremoniously broke ground on Cleveland’s new Interstate 90 Innerbelt Bridge – Ohio’s largest transportation improvement project in state history.  More than 100 guests looked on as the event was marked with a symbolic shovel ceremony.

The event took place in Cleveland’s industrial Flats area overlooking construction of the new bridge, and featured remarks from Ohio Governor John R. Kasich, former U.S. Senator George V. Voinovich, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and ODOT Director Jerry Wray. 

“Construction of this bridge represents Ohio’s commitment to basic transportation services essential to growth and economic development,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray.  Wray’s remarks were echoed by former Cleveland mayor, Ohio Governor and U.S. Senator, George V. Voinovich.   

“This bridge is of national significance,” Voinovich said.  “It is important to the movement of goods in this country and to the traveling public.” 

In September 2010, 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.  

Preliminary work for the new structure began during the winter of 2011.  Construction of the first bridge is the first step in reconstructing the entire Innerbelt Corridor through downtown Cleveland.  The multi-billion dollar “Innerbelt Plan” includes such safety improvements as flattening the sharp Innerbelt Curve and other reconstructions. 

The event was concluded with remarks by newly elected Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerld who praised the city of Cleveland and spoke of the development potential within the city.  “This is a bridge to somewhere,” he said.  “Somewhere very special.” 

Log-on to Innerbelt.org or dial the Project Hotline at 216.344.0069 for more information.  

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For more information contact:
ODOT Innerbelt Communications Office at (216) 584-4030 or email Info@Innerbelt.org.