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Session 23 - Construction

Session: 23

Session Title: 3C Major Construction for the Future of Transportation

Organizer: Ken Ishmael

Moderator: Ken Ishmael


Topic A Title: I-70/I-71 Mega Build Project: Success in Collaboration

Speaker (s): Meghan Altier

Name, Company, Location: ODOT D6

Topic A Description: This session shows how a “Mega Build Project” can only happen through collaboration and coordination.  The untangling of I-70 and I-71 in downtown Columbus both having an extremely high daily traffic volume. This project includes 19 phases and $2.3 billion of new road construction in the heart of Columbus.  The project also has close proximity to the Ohio State University Campus, the number one pediatric hospital in the country; Nationwide Children’s, as well as a top trauma center; Ohio Health Grant Medical Center.  Additionally, the project has high visibility to those that travel to and from the State Capitol. All of these require creating collaborative partnerships with local entities and transparency with historic neighborhoods. The best practices of public outreach prior to and during construction will also be discussed.


Topic B Title: Complex Two-Step Design Build Project with Railroad and Utility Involvement

Speaker (s):  Charlie Rowe, Chris Tuminello, Suzanne Enders

Name, Company, Location: ODOT D8, Columbus

Topic B Description: How can a design build project with significant risks from two railroad companies, high voltage transmission line relocation, and financial involvement from the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati be successful?  We explore how ODOT managed the hurdle of constructing multiple bridges over three active railroad lines and under two high voltage transmission lines in addition to a new stormwater outfall under the railroad.   

Project Manager Charlie Rowe, Project Engineering Chris Tuminello, and Utility Engineer Suzanne Enders will discuss the process District 8 used to reduce risk for the State and the Design Build Team to ensure the project sold on time and on budget. District 8 will also discuss innovative concepts from the Design Build Team, successful partnering practices, and how post award issues were overcome."


Topic C Title: Opportunity Corridor Section 3 Design and Construction

Speaker (s): Larry CoBorek, Julie Meyer

Name, Company, Location: Michael Baker International, Columbus, ODOT D12, Columbus

Topic C Description: The Opportunity Corridor is a new 3-mile boulevard extending from the eastern terminus of Interstate 490 to East 105th Street and Chester Avenue (University Circle) in the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.  This presentation will focus on the Design-Build Team's (DBT) design effort through the procurement and execution stages for Section 3, the final section of the corridor; and the ongoing construction effort. 

The completed project will enhance mobility, utility and connectivity for previously underserved neighborhoods in Cleveland.  It will also support vehicular, pedestrian, bicycle, bus and rail transit and freight rail transportation modes.  Infrastructure including UG utilities are being installed to allow for future development of vacant land along the boulevard.