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Baker To Design New Cleveland Innerbelt Bridge

CLEVELAND - June 21, 2011

Michael Baker Jr., Inc., an engineering unit of Michael Baker Corporation (NYSE Amex: BKR), announced today that it and project team members have been selected by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to design the new Eastbound Interstate 90 Cleveland Innerbelt Bridge in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.  Baker is a subconsultant to Richland Engineering Ltd.

Specifically, Baker will provide design and plan production for the design of the main viaduct superstructure, public involvement services, utility and agency coordination, and waterway permitting services.  The new structure will be approximately 4,000 feet long and has an estimated construction value of approximately $350 million.  Baker’s design fee, including final design services scheduled for completion in June 2013, will be approximately $3 million.

The new bridge will be a unique steel delta frame bridge, which is an uncommon structure type, and will consist of a number of long spans with very tall piers.  Among the challenges will be making the new structure compatible with the new Westbound I-90 Innerbelt Bridge, which is currently under construction.  Baker will assist ODOT with significant outreach and coordination with the local communities adjacent to downtown Cleveland to incorporate project aesthetics and architectural landscaping.

John Dietrick, P.E., S.E., Baker’s Bridge Technical Services manager and project principal, said, “The selection of the Richland Team for this important project will result in Baker’s continued excellent support of the Ohio Department of Transportation on the largest construction program in the state.  Our bridge engineers are excited about the opportunity to design a unique, complex interstate structure within several blocks of our downtown Cleveland office.”

Michael Baker Corporation ( provides engineering, design, planning and construction services for its clients’ most complex challenges worldwide.  The firm's primary business areas are architecture, aviation, defense, environmental, geospatial, homeland security, municipal & civil, pipelines & utilities, rail & transit, transportation and water.  With more than 2,800 employees in nearly 90 offices across the United States, Baker is focused on creating value by delivering innovative and sustainable solutions for infrastructure and the environment.

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David Higie

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