DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Downtown Cleveland is one step closer to having a pedestrian and bicycle bridge that will at last link the area to the city's lakefront.
On Thursday, August 21, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, and the Group Plan Commission announced that Parsons Brinckerhoff and Boston bridge architect Miguel Rosales would design the new project, which is scheduled for completion by summer 2016.
"All of us in Cuyahoga County are looking forward to working with Parsons Brinckerhoff, Miguel Rosales, the City of Cleveland, and the Group Plan Commission as we move forward on making this public works project a reality," said FitzGerald. "Linking downtown to the lakefront has long been a goal for policymakers in Cleveland, and I am confident that, as with the Cleveland Convention Center and the Global Center for Health Innovation, we will complete this important project on time and under budget."
The FitzGerald administration is set to submit legislation for formal approval of the design contract with Parsons Brinckerhoff to Cuyahoga County Council for their approval.
Mayor Frank Jackson has introduced legislation to Cleveland City Council for consideration.
Parsons Brinckerhoff's was selected from a group of six proposals for the pedestrian bridge design project. Among its other qualifications, the engineering and design firm has previous experience working with railroad companies and public information meetings.
The $25 million project will link downtown Cleveland with North Coast Harbor – providing pedestrians a direct path over rail and roadways that have isolated the lakefront from downtown for decades.
"The PB/Rosales team combines the world-class design strength needed to create an iconic pedestrian and bicycle bridge with the engineering expertise and experience to work with the County to deliver this crucial project," added Group Plan executive director Jeremy Paris. "The Group Plan Commission is excited to work with them and our public partners to engage with stakeholders and the broader community as the process moves forward. We are confident this bridge will become a landmark for all Clevelanders that will finally link Downtown with the Lake Erie waterfront."
Parsons Brinckerhoff which has been around since 1885 has office locations in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, and around the world.
Among other projects, the firm's portfolio consists of designing the Fort Washington Way Pedestrian Bridge in Cincinnati, the Lake Shore Drive Pedestrian Bridge in Chicago, and the Broadway North Pedestrian Bridge in Denver.
Project manager Brian Reynolds recently oversaw the design of the Gulch Pedestrian Bridge in downtown Nashville.
In the coming weeks, the public will have an opportunity to offer comments on the pedestrian bridge and develop a concept design.
A design-build team will be selected by the end of 2014, with the pedestrian bridge slated to open before the Republican National Convention in summer 2016.