Residents asked to share thoughts on innerbelt bridge proposals

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(WOIO) - After months of engineering and design work, the three teams competing to build Cleveland's new Interstate 90 Innerbelt Bridge have delivered their detailed plans and proposals to the Ohio Department of Transportation and ODOT wants to hear from citizens and businesses in Northeast Ohio regarding the look of the new structure.

Starting Thursday, engineers and technical experts from ODOT and the City of Cleveland will begin a thorough process of evaluating each of the three technical proposals for constructing the new westbound bridge - estimated at $450 million - making it ODOT's largest single-project investment in state history.

In order to complete construction on this project faster, ODOT is using a unique value based design-build process, in which the design and construction of the project are combined in a single contract - with the award going to a team of designers and construction contractors.

Three teams were chosen in March to compete for this historic project:
1. Lane/Brayman, A Joint Venture, LLC with designer FIGG
2. Trumbull-Great Lakes-Ruhlin, A Joint Venture (TGR) with designer Parsons Transportation Group Inc
3. Walsh Construction with designer HNTB Ohio Inc. ODOT and the City of Cleveland

All have laid out very clear and transparent selection criteria for choosing the final design.

Technical elements - such as schedule, safety, quality management, construction plans, community outreach and sustainability - will be scored by the ODOT-Cleveland expert team. Also important are the aesthetics and looks of the new bridge, and ODOT is asking Northeast Ohioans to weigh-in on the appearance of the new structure. Starting Friday afternoon, ODOT will post online the three teams' conceptual drawings - both day and night renderings.

Cleveland-area residents are encouraged to CLICK HERE to share their thoughts on the designs before a deadline of noon on Sunday, August 15.

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