ODOT Seeking Comments on Look/Feel of Areas Around Second New Innerbelt Bridge
Public meeting to be held Tuesday, July 10 at Sokolowski’s University Inn from 5:30-7 p.m.
CLEVELAND (Wednesday, June 27, 2012) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, July 10 at Sokolowski’s University Inn from 5:30-7 p.m. to discuss options for the look and feel of community areas surrounding the second new Innerbelt Bridge.  This will also be the public’s first opportunity to see renderings of the two, new bridges together!
WHAT:           Public Meeting
WHEN:           Tuesday, July 10, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. 
WHERE:         Sokolowski’s University Inn, 1201 University Avenue, Cleveland
While the second bridge – which will eventually carry eastbound traffic – will look nearly identical to the new westbound structure (being constructed now), there are some important landscaping and land-use decisions which have yet to be made.  This spring, 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. 
ODOT will now present these details to the public and solicit feedback during a public meeting.  During this meeting, the community will see plans for the following areas:
In the Gateway District of Downtown:
·        Landscaping in the area of inbound Ontario Street, East 9th Street and the I-90 ramps; and
·        Wall treatments along inbound Ontario Street.
In the Tremont/Towpath Trail Area:
·        Land use in the vicinity of Abbey Avenue and W 14th Street (“The Sideyard”);
·        Overlook options along the Towpath Trail and Abbey Avenue beneath the new eastbound Innerbelt Bridge; and 
·        Entrances and gateways to the Towpath Trail.
Public comments will be accepted in writing to info@Innerbelt.org following the meeting through July 17, 2012 and will be discussed by these Focus Groups and presented to the City of Cleveland’s Downtown/Flats Design Review and Planning Commission for final concurrence. 
Log-on to www.Innerbelt.org or dial the Project Hotline at 216.344.0069 for more information.
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