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Innerbelt Bridge

Public Involvement and Innerbelt Bridge Design Review Process

As part of ODOT’s continuing public involvement effort, an Innerbelt Bridge Subcommittee was formed consisting of key stakeholders. Over the course of its work, a series of Design Principles was developed as listed below. The team which has developed designs and aesthetic details that address to the greatest extent possible, the recommendations reflected in these principles should receive the highest amount of points for bridge aesthetics.

**Please be advised that bridge aesthetics will be evaluated by a group of both ODOT and City of Cleveland representatives. Public comments will be reviewed by that group and used in the award of five (5) possible points - of 105 total possible points awarded for the entire project - to the team with the best designs based on the below principles.

A. The design should be inspired by Cleveland’s civic, industrial and bridge design history, and should be the next contribution to the rich bridge architectural history of the valley. It should respect the aesthetic history of this place.

B. The new bridge should reflect consistent design themes of existing bridges in the valley, and should strive for similar attention to form and detail, while not being imitative.

C. The new bridge should advance architecture and technology of our time, not be nostalgic.

D. The design of the approaches and main spans should be consistent and coherent across the entire valley, and speak with a single design vocabulary.

E. The design should maximize the possibility to create a visual image or statement.

F. Bridge design should focus on principles of form, rhythm and scale. The scale of bridge elements should invoke and be in proper proportion with the dimensions of the overall valley.

G. Consideration of the people and environment adjacent to, and under, the bridge is important. Design should recognize the potential for future pedestrian use on the land under the bridge and consider lighting or other means to increase safety and user-friendliness.

H. The design should be sensitive to the scale and appearance of the neighborhoods where it touches down and should respect the special character of Tremont and Gateway.

I. The bridge and placement of its supports should be conducive to positive and beneficial future land use adjacent to the underside of the structure.

J. Treat side, under, and above deck views with comparable effort and attention as global views.

K. Design should incorporate opportunities for aesthetic lighting, including the underside of the structure, in keeping with the lighting schemes common to existing bridges in the valley.  

 

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