Advancing Places: Capping & Bridging Expressways

Overview: Expressways cut through communities and stand as barriers to connectivity, economic development, equity and neighborhoods in our downtowns. Learn how a partnership between ODOT, Columbus and the community developed and implemented a nationally recognized infrastructure model using freeway caps and enhanced bridges to stitch neighborhoods together and address the critical topics of quality of life, mobility, economics and opportunity.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn about the many types of enhanced bridges, caps, and connectivity improvements that can be considered to better connect neighborhoods divided by freeways.
  • Gain insight from a template shared for building partnerships between DOTs, MPOs and city officials to enhance transportation projects to create vastly improved neighborhood connectivity.
  • Understand how to leverage transportation projects to improve connectivity, complete streets, economic development opportunities, sustainability, social justice, placemaking, quality of life, and neighborhood identity and pride.

Friday, September 24, 2021 | 11:15am ET (8:15am PT) 

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Domain: Planning, Design and Infrastructure

Pricing: IDA Members: Free | Nonmembers: $40

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AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this webinar. More information about AICP’s CM program can be found here.

Advancing Places is an online series aimed at empowering IDA members with the solutions needed to address the most critical urban issues of the day. This session will include a moderated Q&A and will be recorded for member and nonmember use in the future.


  • Chris Hermann, ACIP, Principal, MKSK (Columbus, OH)
  • Marie Keister, ARP, AICP, President, Murphy Epson (Columbus, OH)
  • Kelly Scocco, Deputy Director, City of Columbus Department of Public Service (OH)


  • Carolyn Dellutri, Director of Professional Development, International Downtown Association (IDA)



Chris Hermann, AICP


Marie Keister, ARP, AICP


Kelly Scocco

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