The eastbound George V. Voinovich Bridge opened to traffic in September 2016, greatly improving traffic flow in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

 


Location

  • Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Sector

  • Roads and Bridges
  • Transportation and Infrastructure
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Client

  • Ohio Department of Transportation

Project Status

  • Opened to traffic in September 2016


Eastbound Bridge Opens

The opening of the eastbound George V. Voinovich Bridge to traffic in September 2016 provided motorists with improved access to and through downtown Cleveland.

The opening of the new eastbound bridge on Sept. 24 follows completion of the five-lane westbound bridge, which began carrying eastbound and westbound traffic across the Cuyahoga River Valley in November 2013.

Voinovich Bridge is part of the Cleveland Innerbelt Modernization plan, which is improving interstate travel along I-90, I-71 and I-77 by reducing congestion and traffic delays while improving safety. An estimated 140,000 motorists use the bridge daily.

Construction of the eastbound bridge began in November 2014 and included reconfiguration of ramps connecting I-90 to major downtown streets. Although most of the mainline highway items are complete, work will continue into 2017 with structural steel painting, local road improvements, landscaping, lighting and other open items.  

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Key Numbers

Bridges
2
Daily Motorists
140,000
Eastbound lanes
5

WSP’s Role

As the independent quality firm (IQF) for the contractor joint venture of Trumbull-Great Lakes-Ruhlin (TGR), WSP verified that design and construction work on the Voinovich Bridge met contract quality requirements every step of the way.

The firm was responsible for providing quality assurance reviews for the design before the plans were released for construction. Once the plans were completed and construction commenced, WSP performed the construction inspection and materials testing required for quality assurance.

As part of its quality program, WSP monitored and verified the data from the thermal integrity profiling (TIP), a nondestructive testing method that uses the heat generated by curing cement to gauge the integrity of cast-in-place concrete foundations. The innovation was first used in Ohio during the construction of the westbound bridge, and after its success, ODOT required its use on the eastbound bridge.

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Achieving Sustainability

As part of the project’s sustainability program, nearly 20,000 tons of steel were dismantled and recycled from the old bridge, along with an estimated 32,500 cubic yards of concrete and about 72,630 cubic meters of soil.

ODOT used the Federal Highway Administration’s Infrastructure Voluntary Evaluation Sustainability Tool (INVEST) to evaluate the project’s environmental impact. The entire project team has committed to the pursuit of platinum certification from INVEST. INVEST helped the project team translate sustainability practices into specific actions throughout the project development process, and gave the team a way to measure sustainability through planning, alternatives analysis, environmental documentation, preliminary and final design, and construction. INVEST also guided the project team to choose LED lighting for the new bridge.