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ODOT Continues Innerbelt Modernization Project Planning Process
Final Environmental Impact Statement Available for Viewing 

Cleveland (Friday, July 31, 2009) The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have approved the Innerbelt Plan’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and the plan is now available on the Federal Registry.  The FEIS will appear on the Federal Registry until August 31, 2009. 

FHWA could complete the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process by issuing a Record of Decision after this 30-day availability period.

The Record of Decision will allow ODOT to move forward with the modernization of the Innerbelt freeway including construction of a new westbound I-90 Innerbelt Bridge as well as flattening of the Innerbelt Curve and consolidation of ramps within the Innerbelt “Trench” allowing for increased safety and smoother traffic flow into the heart of downtown Cleveland.

“This is an exciting time for ODOT and for the City of Cleveland,” said ODOT District 12 Deputy Director Bonita G. Teeuwen, P.E.  “This project will greatly improve the safety of the corridor while utilizing needed federal dollars and bringing jobs to the City of Cleveland.  The construction of a new westbound Innerbelt Bridge is only the first in a series of projects that will transform our city for the better.”

Individuals may view the FEIS at any of the greater Cleveland-area locations listed below or at

ODOT, District 12 Office; City of Cleveland, City Hall, Department of Public Service; Flats Oxbow Association; Cuyahoga County Engineer’s Office; Cuyahoga County Planning Commission; NOACA; Cleveland Library, Main Branch; Cleveland Library, South Branch; Cleveland Library, Sterling Branch; Tremont West Development Corp.; MidTown Cleveland Incorporated; Quadrangle Incorporated; and St. Clair Superior Development Corp.


Jocelynn Clemings 216.584.2006