ODOT/MidTown Cleveland, Inc. to Undertake Innerbelt Economic Impact Study
Study Centers on Access to the Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor
CLEVELAND (Thursday, January 12, 2012)The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and MidTown Cleveland, Inc. have agreed to undertake an economic development study to address concerns raised by MidTown Cleveland stakeholders regarding the Prospect and Carnegie Avenue exit ramps from I-90 east, along MidTown’s Health and Technology Corridor.
“We’re happy to have come to an agreement with MidTown Cleveland, Inc. about this important corridor,” said ODOT District Deputy Director Myron S. Pakush.  “We look forward to the completion of the study.”
The recent agreement sets in motion a study to assess three alternatives for the corridor including:
  1. no changes to the current configuration at Prospect and Carnegie;
  2. the current interchange configuration proposed by ODOT; and
  3. a new configuration that maintains direct access to and from both Carnegie and Prospect.
Under ODOT’s proposed interchange configuration, Prospect Avenue traffic would be redirected via a pair of one-way frontage roads to adjacent ramps.  Carnegie Avenue and E. 22nd Street would be consolidated into a single access point at E. 22nd Street and Central Avenue.  Changes are designed to eliminate weaving motions and improve safety and congestion along the corridor.
ODOT and MidTown Cleveland’s recent agreement will reevaluate the impact of the interchange configuration plan and both parties have agreed to abide by the findings of the study.  The study is expected to be complete in 2013 and is funded by the Ohio Department of Transportation.
“MidTown Cleveland, Inc. is pleased to be partnering with ODOT on this comprehensive study of the Carnegie and Prospect Avenue ramp system serving MidTown and the Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor”, said Jim Haviland, Executive Director of MidTown Cleveland, Inc.  “By working together, ODOT and MidTown will help ensure that current and future development along the corridor will continue to be supported by the Cleveland Innerbelt”. 
ODOT’s Innerbelt Corridor Modernization Plan is focused on improving safety, reducing congestion and traffic delays, and modernizing interstate travel along I-71, I-77 and I-90 through Downtown Cleveland. This investment by the State of Ohio will rehabilitate and reconstruct the Innerbelt Freeway system and address operational, design, safety and access shortcomings that severely impact the ability of the Innerbelt Freeway system to meet the transportation needs of Northeast Ohio.
The first of seven Innerbelt Corridor construction contract groups is currently underway with the construction of a new westbound I-90 Innerbelt Bridge.  Work will be followed by a project to remove and replace the existing structure with a new eastbound bridge. 
About the Ohio Department of Transportation
With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation.  Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development.  As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
About MidTown Cleveland, Inc.
MidTown Cleveland, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c) 3 economic development corporation representing 650 businesses that employ an estimated 18,000 citizens of Northeast Ohio. It serves a two-square mile district between Downtown Cleveland and Greater University Circle Area. For more information, visit www.midtowncleveland.org.
For more information contact:
The ODOT District 12 Innerbelt Communications Office at (216) 584-4030 or email info@innerbelt.org