ODOT Seeking Comments on Look/Feel of Areas Around Second New Innerbelt Bridge
CLEVELAND (Tuesday, July 10, 2012) – 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. 
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. 
Public comments on last night’s proposals will be accepted in writing to info@Innerbelt.org now 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. 
Clevelanders may also view last night’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, last night’s meeting was also the public’s first opportunity to see renderings of the two, new bridges together!  Construction of the new eastbound span has been moved up to begin in 2016, representing only a short delay from the original schedule.  The Department is hopeful that additional funding will become available in order to move forward with the Eastbound Bridge project on its original timeline and limit impacts to commuters and businesses alike.
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.