Archive for the ‘Inner Belt Project’ Category

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A new, pounding rhythm echoes in the Cuyahoga River valley. And it won’t stop till fall.

It’s the sound of a bridge being built.

A heavy-duty crane began hammering steel I-beams down to bedrock Wednesday, to anchor the first support, or pier, to go up for the newInner Belt Bridge(go to article)


Sometimes it takes a collective of individuals—advocates (organizers, negotiators), critical voices (writers, bloggers), visionaries (artists/designers)—to move what you fear may be immovable. When it came to designing the largest piece of civic infrastructure in a generation (the Cleveland Innerbelt Bridge) it turned an idea into a movement, galvanized action, and in the process won a major concession to improving transportation option… (go to article)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — By fall 2012, the historic Lorain-Carnegie Bridgeshould have a new feature — a broad, multi-use path for bicylists and pedestrians to cross the Cuyahoga River valley.

ODOT officials confirmed Wednesday that up to $6 million is committed to the project, which spun out of controversy over the lack of a similar pathway on the new Inner Belt Bridge… (go to article)


CLEVELAND, Ohio — As the owner of a dog day-care business in Tremont, Becca Riker faces hairy situations daily.

But she’s not sure how her business, and her trendy West side neighborhood, will bear this future burden — the closing of a key link to the Inner Belt Bridge for three years… (go to article)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Efforts to build a new Inner Belt Bridge have just begun, but it’s not too soon to start designing a second one.

The Ohio Department of Transportation will seek firms interested in designing a second bridge that will work in tandem with a bridge going up now. Together, they will replace the existing, 50-year-old span over the Cuyahoga River… (go to article)


CLEVELAND, Ohio — Nearly seven years in the planning, the Herculean task of building a new Inner Belt Bridge over the Cuyahoga River valley is about to begin.

Crews this week will start to prepare three buildings south of Progressive Field for demolition as part of a $287.4 million project that will be the largest of its kind in Ohio history… (go to article)


CLEVELAND, Ohio — The underside of the new Inner Belt Bridge will be a canvas of changing colors as it spans the Cuyahoga River valley.

That’s the most dramatic flourish among final artistic and aesthetic details approved Friday by theCleveland City Planning Commission.

The approval clears the way for the $287.4 million project to break ground, with some buildings southwest of the Gateway sports complex scheduled to come down as soon as next month… (go to article)


Clevelanders want a new Inner Belt Bridge lit from the ground up, with the girders a pallette for a range of colors.

Red, maybe, to celebrate a Cleveland Indians’ World Series win? Green for St. Patrick’s Day? Orange for a Cleveland Browns’ Super Bowl victory?

Architectural lighting of the $287.4 million bridge is among final details that Clevelanders are helping bridge builders, ODOT and the city of Cleveland decide. Construction is to start in the spring… (go to article)


CLEVELAND, Ohio — The losing bidder for the Inner Belt Bridge project has received $1 million from the Ohio Department of Transportation to offset the cost of preparing its proposed design.

The joint venture known as Trumbull-Great Lakes-Ruhlin, or TGR, received the payment Dec. 8, said Scott Varner, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation(go to article)


CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Lorain-Carnegie bridge could become a premier link for those on bike and foot under a $6 million street-improvement plan.

The Ohio Department of Transportation says it can complete a project next year to widen and fortify bike-walk paths on the historic span between Cleveland’s East and West… (go to article)


CLEVELAND, Ohio — Should the newInner Belt Bridge be bathed in white lights or blue? And should the bridge decks, coated in alabaster white, be highlighted with supports painted entirely of alpaca, or hues of oyster bar or medici ivory?

That’s the kind of design detail that ODOT and its construction-design team want the public to help decide, as they polish plans for the $287.4 million bridge project… (go to article)


CLEVELAND, Ohio — The two losing bidders for the Inner Belt Bridgeproject are seeking stipends of up to $1 million each to cover the costs of preparing their bids.

One of the bidding teams, known as Lane-Brayman/FIGG, made the request despite the Ohio Department of Transportation’s stance that the bid didn’t meet a “minimum level of quality” and was not eligible for a stipend… (go to article)


ODOT has picked a ‘winner’ for the new Innerbelt Bridge—and at $287 million—the city will have another $100 million committed to improving infrastructure on or around the bridge (the budget for the bridge is $400 million). Spending a small portion for a pedestrian/bike path on the bridge—which ODOT estimated should cost $20 million—would continue the agency’s fiscally sound decision making. For its part, whether we finally have a budget to design a multipurpose bridge and complete the Towpath Trail, Mayor Jackson should pick up the phone today and insist that Governor Strickland direct ODOT to spend the money where its rightfully due—here… (go to article)

If you drive on Interstate 90 through downtown Cleveland, you’ve surely seen the Cold Storage Warehouse, most notable at this point in time as the large flat surface used as a support for billboards. The building is located just south of the Cuyahoga River.

Built in 1927-1928, the Distribution Terminal Warehouse represented a major change in the way food was handled and distributed in greater Cleveland. This insulated cold-storage structure will be demolished to make way for the new I-90 bridge… (go to article)

Cities from Rotterdam in the Netherlands to San Francisco are famous for spectacular bridges that function as hardworking pieces of infrastructure and as dramatic works of structural art.

Cleveland won’t gain admission to this elite urban club with any of the three proposals for the new westbound I-90 bridge over the Cuyahoga River released Friday by the Ohio Department of Transportation… (go to article)

The new Inner Belt Bridge will be sleek and have some design surprises, according to renderings by three design/build teams seeking the $450 million project.

All are steel girder bridges supported by pairs of relatively slender concrete piers… (go to article)

Does ODOT’s argument against a multi-purpose path on the Innerbelt Bridge add up? ODOT finally released a letterexplaining why it doesn’t see a way to design a bridge today with a simple multi-purpose path. Working against ODOT in this case are at least30 instances (see picture on right for a bike/ped path on a highway bridge in South Carolina) where multipurpose paths are already on highway bridges. The problem has never been one of canit be done, the issue has always beenour DOT cannot imagine why it should be done… (go to article)

It is disappointing but unsurprising that the Ohio Department of Transportation has concluded it would be too hard and too expensive to add an extra lane for bicyclists and pedestrians to the Inner Belt Bridge that it hopes to start building next year. ODOT is a master of the narrow “no” — no matter the economic plusses.

But in this case, the agency’s director, Jolene Molitoris, is plain wrong — and her boss, Gov. Ted Strickland, needs to tell her so… (go to article)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Adding a bicycle/pedestrian lane to the plannedInner Belt Bridge is still unlikely, the Ohio Department of Transportation has concluded after a three-month study.

ODOT Director Jolene Molitoris is expected to tell Gov. Ted Strickland next week that a multipurpose lane isn’t feasible for the $450 million five-lane bridge that is scheduled to open in 2014.

Obstacles, including access and safety, stand in the way, said ODOT spokesman Scott Varner… (go to article)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Transportation is fond of saying that its plans for a new, $450 million Inner Belt Bridge in Cleveland reflect a strong commitment to the city.

There’s a good chance, however, that the bridge will be a dud, aesthetically speaking.

It would be a pleasure to be wrong on this. We won’t know for sure until September, when ODOT announces the winner of a three-way competition for the design-build contract to do the job… (go to article)