Clevelanders Want Pretty Lights on New Inner Belt Bridge

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Presented with the myriad architectural and design options available for the new Inner Belt bridge, Clevelanders seem most concerned with whether or not the structure will be bright and sparkly.

ODOT and the city of Cleveland have been seeking input from the public on a few remaining details for the $287.4 million dollar span, which will begin construction in the spring.

Polling conducted on online asked for Clevelanders' input on abutments, underpasses, fencing, and lighting.

The last part drew heavy consideration from the some-600 respondents.

According to the PD:

Clevelanders want a new Inner Belt Bridge lit from the ground up, with the girders a pallette for a range of colors.

Red, maybe, to celebrate a Cleveland Indians' World Series win? Green for St. Patrick's Day? Orange for a Cleveland Browns' Super Bowl victory?

Lighting the 4,247-foot span is the "most dramatic" flourish of seven design elements to be decided, city Planning Director Bob Brown said at Thursday's meeting.

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The public and a 35-member aesthetics committee so far favor lighting the bridge deck and massive supports in white and the underside with color-changing LED technology. Other, less favored options include not lighting the bridge supports at all, to give the bridge girders and deck the illusion of floating in darkness.

Shockingly, ODOT didn't even bother to consider Scene's unsolicited suggestions for the bridge, which included: 1) A giant sign that says, "It's just fucking snow, you can drive now,"; 2) Spring-loaded panels to catapult cars involved in accidents into the Cuyahoga; and 3) Fire-spewing gargoyle heads.

Their loss.

Results for the final design will be announced January 6 or 7.

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