Opportunity Corridor Section 2 Contract Awarded to Great Lakes Construction
Work on Section 2 expected to begin late fall this year
GARFIELD HEIGHTS (Friday, May 6, 2016) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is pleased to announce that the Opportunity Corridor Section 2 contract has been awarded to the Great Lakes Construction Company for a bid amount of $35,328,000.
Section 2 involves the construction of a new roadway from E. 93rd Street to E. 105th Street; reconstruction of portions of E. 93rd Street, E. 105th Street, Quincy Avenue and Quebec Avenue; reconstruction of the E. 105th Street bridge over GCRTA and Norfolk Southern north of Quincy Avenue; extension of the existing GCRTA rail platform; and building demolitions in the City of Cleveland. Construction is expected to begin late-fall 2016 and be complete in the fall of 2018.
Engineers and experts from ODOT and its consultants teamed up on a thorough process of evaluating technical proposals for constructing this section. In order to complete construction on this project faster, ODOT is using a unique design-build process in which the design and construction of the project are combined in a single contract.
Competing teams were evaluated on technical elements – such as schedule, quality management, construction, plans and community outreach.
Section 1 – along East 105th Street between Quebec Avenue and Chester Avenue – is currently under construction and expected to be complete fall 2017. Work includes widening the existing East 105th Street in this section.
The purpose of the Opportunity Corridor Project is to improve the transportation system and support planned economic development in the areas between I-490/I-77 and University Circle in Cleveland. The area between I-490 and University Circle includes a part of Cleveland known as the “Forgotten Triangle” due to the lack of economic activity. Aside from the transportation benefits it could bring to this part of Cleveland, this effort opens the potential for new economic development, new jobs and a new identity for the community.
The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains the state's largest man-made asset--the transportation system. ODOT's mission is to provide the safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $2.8 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.