Parsons Brinckerhoff, Miguel Rosales Selected to Design Lakefront Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge

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CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, and the Group Plan Commission today announced the selection of Parsons Brinckerhoff and Boston bridge architect Miguel Rosales to design a new pedestrian and bicycle bridge to connect the City of Cleveland’s downtown and lakefront areas by summer 2016.

“All of us in Cuyahoga County are looking forward to working with Parsons Brinckerhoff, Miguel Rosales, the City of Cleveland, and the Group Plan Commission as we move forward on making this public works project a reality,” said FitzGerald. “Linking downtown to the lakefront has long been a goal for policymakers in Cleveland, and I am confident that, as with the Cleveland Convention Center and the Global Center for Health Innovation, we will complete this important project on time and under budget.”

Later today, the FitzGerald administration will submit legislation for formal approval of the design contract with Parsons Brinckerhoff to Cuyahoga County Council for their approval. Mayor Jackson has introduced legislation to Cleveland City Council for consideration.

Parsons Brinckerhoff’s was selected from a group of six proposals for the pedestrian bridge design project. Among its other qualifications, the engineering and design firm has previous experience working with railroad companies and public information meetings – attributes that will be of critical importance in the weeks ahead. The $25 million project will link downtown Cleveland with North Coast Harbor – providing pedestrians a direct path over rail and roadways that have isolated the lakefront from downtown for decades.