ODOT to Offer Public Tours of Innerbelt Bridge Project Site
Two tours to be offered each month, April through September
CLEVELAND (Wednesday, March  28, 2012) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and its Innerbelt Bridge project team are pleased to offer monthly public tours of the Innerbelt Bridge construction project.  The first tours will be held on Friday, April 20, 2012.
The hour-long tours will take place twice each month, April through September.  Up to 20 people will be able to participate in each tour session.  For a complete schedule of tour dates and times, log- on to www.Innerbelt.org and select “Project Tours.”
“This is a great opportunity for the people of Cleveland to get an up-close look at the important work we’re doing,” said Project Manager for Construction Tom Hyland, P.E.  “The scale of this project is really tremendous when you get up close – something you probably don’t notice when you’re whizzing by in your car!”
Reservations for the tours will be required.  Reservations for the April tours are available NOW.  Reservations for subsequent tours will become available early each month.  For a complete list of available dates, visit www.Innerbelt.org and select “Project Tours.” 
Reservations can be requested by calling the Innerbelt Bridge project hotline at 216.344.0069 (toll-free at 855.803.5280) or e-mailing Info@Innerbelt.org.   All tours are weather permitting and access to the work area may be denied at any time. 
Tour attendees will need to dress appropriately, to include long pants and hard-soled, closed-toed shoes, and will be expected to walk about a mile as part of the tour.  Attendees must be at least 18 years old, or 12 to 17 accompanied by a parent or guardian.  All attendees will be required to sign waivers, available on-line.  The Innerbelt Bridge project team will provide other safety gear needed to participate in the tour.
“Safety and productivity are really important to our team,” said Cathie Farroll, Public Involvement Manager with the Walsh/HNTB design-build contracting team.  “While an important learning tool for the public, tours are limited to provide as little interruption to the ongoing construction as possible.”
Log-on to www.Innerbelt.org and select “Project Tours” for more information.
For more information contact:
Innerbelt Communications Office at (216) 584-4030 or email Info@Innerbelt.org