Cleveland Innerbelt Green 7
Ohio Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration, Office of Natural Environment
Federal Highway Administration, Ohio Division
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) proved itself as a national leader in promoting sustainable transportation activities through the completion of the Cleveland Innerbelt Bridge, a large design-build project over the Cuyahoga River Valley in Cleveland, Ohio. During construction of the bridge, ODOT established seven categories of sustainability goals, known collectively as the Green 7. The Green 7 categories are: Energy and Energy Efficiency, Community Environment, Green Building, Waste Reduction and Recycling, Green Project Administration, Materials and Resources, and Construction Practices. Through a variety of environmentally-conscious adaptations such as operating construction vehicles with greater load-carrying capacity, using existing buildings instead of temporary offices, reusing materials like brick, concrete, and asphalt, and recycling steel and other demolition debris, ODOT was able to achieve its Green 7 goals and promote environmental excellence.
The Cleveland Innerbelt Bridge project was the largest Federal Highway Administration INVEST Infrastructure Voluntary Evaluation Sustainability Tool) pilot project in the country and the largest project undertaken by ODOT to date. It exemplifies ODOT's commitment to sustainability and to the integration of sustainability considerations in large-scale transportation projects. ODOT's efforts during the Cleveland Innerbelt Bridge project demonstrate new possibilities for agencies looking to prioritize environmental considerations.
|Diesel Fuel Savings||90,058||gallons|
|Emissions Reduction||1,139||metric tons|
|Landfill Waste Diversion||125,143||cubic yards|
|Potable Water Savings||21,698,400||gallons|
|Recycled Material Content||2,357||cubic yards|
ODOT has been tracking its sustainability goals for the Cleveland Innerbelt Bridge Project. To date, the agency has saved 90,058 gallons of diesel fuel, reduced emissions by 1,139 metric tons, diverted 125,143 cubic yards of landfill waste, recycled 5,054,953 pounds of steel, saved 21,968,400 gallons of potable water, and recycled 2,357 cubic yards of other material content.