The Walsh Design-Build Team to Repair ODOT's I-480 Valley View Bridge in Cleveland
CLEVELAND – The Walsh Design-Build Team, comprised of Walsh Construction and CH2M, will design and construct $228 million worth of rehabilitation and repairs to the Ohio Department of Transportation’s I-480 Valley View bridge
Originally opened in 1977, the dual-span bridge crosses over the Cuyahoga River Valley providing access to the nearby Willow Freeway (I-77). Today, approximately 170,000 vehicles utilize the bridge daily, making it one of the state’s busiest structures. Due to age and its steady volume of traffic, the bridge is need of repairs and the existing concrete decks must be replaced.
With no suitable detour route to handle the bridge’s traffic, The Walsh Design-Build Team will design and construct a new center structure to migrate vehicles to when repairs are made on the existing bridges.
Rather than close half of the bridge during construction, this concept allows bridge re-decking to be performed in phases and eliminates traffic congestion and delay.
When complete, the new center structure will provide two additional permanent lanes of traffic in each direction, improve access and mobility, and minimize future maintenance costs. Additional project improvements include an approach roadway to connect the new structure to the existing highway system, drainage, traffic control, and lighting.