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George V. Voinovich Eastbound Bridge

WSP USA is part of the design-build team selected by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to design and construct the new George V. Voinovich Eastbound Bridge in Cleveland, Ohio.

 


Led by the Trumbull-Great Lakes-Ruhin (TGR) joint venture, we are serving as the independent quality firm (IQF). In this capacity, the firm reviews all design plans and drawings and verifies that all work meets the requirements of the contract documents and the quality program. In addition, WSP is responsible for project documentation, on-site inspections, and quality assurance material testing, as well as facilitating continuous quality improvements.

The eastbound bridge is part of a phased project that is replacing the Innerbelt Bridge, which carried Interstate 90 (I-90) over the Cuyahoga River Valley, with eastbound and westbound bridges, each carrying five lanes of one-way traffic. By constructing two bridges, ODOT is able to maintain traffic on I-90 throughout the project life cycle. The project also includes reconfiguration of ramps connecting I-90 to major downtown streets.

The westbound bridge is complete and temporarily carrying bi-directional traffic while the eastbound bridge is being designed and built, with completion scheduled for late 2016.

The project is making use of 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. WSP will monitor and certify the data from the TIP sensors as part of the quality program.

As part of the project’s sustainability program, crews are dismantling and recycling the steel from the Innerbelt Bridge. TGR estimates that 19,775 tons of steel will be recycled, along with 32,500 cubic yards of concrete and about 95,000 cubic yards of soil.