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

CLEVELAND (Monday, December 13, 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.

With today’s winter storm, area residents can stay safe and warm by participating in the preference poll on the project Web site. ODOT began seeking comments on its Web site on December 6.  To date, more than 350 individuals have expressed their preferences.  Area residents are encouraged to log-on to Innerbelt.org to submit their preferences.    

Members of the public who visit the project Web site through 11:59 p.m. tonight, or attend tonight’s Public Meeting, 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. 

“Under normal circumstances, we would try to reschedule the public meeting,” said Craig Hebebrand, the Innerbelt project manager for ODOT. “But we need to take the results of the public polling to the Design Review and City Planning Commission meetings later this week. These time-sensitive decisions are required to keep the bridge design and construction on schedule.”    

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. 

Public preferences will be presented to the City of Cleveland following tonight’s Public Meeting.  Members of the public are also invited to attend a special meeting of the Cleveland City Planning Commission on December 17, 2010 in order to see the final choices.  Please see below:

 

Meeting

Date & Time

Location

Public Meeting

December 13, 2010
5-8 p.m.

Pilgrim Church Fellowship Hall
2592 W. 14th Street

Cleveland City Planning Commission Meeting

December 17, 2010
9 a.m.-Noon

Cleveland Convention Center
500 Lakeside Avenue, Room 211

 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 until 1 p.m. by phone at 216.377.5807 or in person at the Innerbelt Project Management Office2519 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44113.  Please call in advance to schedule an interview.
 

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