Michael Baker Jr. Inc., an engineering unit of Michael Baker Corp., has been selected by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to provide bridge type selection and preliminary and final engineering design services for the new I-90/Central Viaduct Bridge in Cleveland, crossing over the Cuyahoga River Valley. The company will begin works on the project in February 2006.
Under this multi-million-dollar, multi-year contract, Baker will provide project management, preliminary and final design and public involvement services. The company will assist ODOT in engaging the public in the bridge type selection process in order to design a bridge that satisfies both the residents of the area and the functional needs of the structure while recognizing the fiscal limitations of the overall project. Baker will be assisted under subcontract by Dr. Christian Menn, who is well known and widely respected for his expertise in designing signature bridges throughout the world. Dr. Menn will serve primarily as a design consultant on the bridge type study.
“This bridge is a significant project for the city of Cleveland and the surrounding region, and marks the first element of the $874 million Innerbelt project to move beyond the conceptual design phase,” said Bob Parker, assistant vice president and project manager. “From the public’s perspective, this project will be the most visible piece of the Innerbelt project and offers an opportunity to deliver a bridge that visually enhances the Cleveland skyline. From Baker’s perspective, this selection strengthens our company’s reputation as a leader in complex bridge design.”