TECHNICAL TOURS

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Technical Tour Summary

 

Friday: 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM & 1:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Cost: $15.00

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District – Southerly Treatment Plant Tours

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) serves 60 communities and over one million residents within the greater Cleveland area.  Situated on 288 acres, Southerly Treatment Plant is the largest of NEORSD’s three wastewater plants, and one of the largest facilities of its kind in the country. The Southerly Treatment Plant serves more than 530,000 residents and uses a three-step process to treat an average flow of 120mgd up to a maximum capacity to 735mgd. The first-stage activated-sludge process is like those used at many other treatment plants around the world. The second-stage process uses specialized bacteria to remove ammonia and nitrogen, two compounds which deplete oxygen in receiving waters. As a final step, the flow passes through filters and is disinfected by a chlorination/dechlorination process from May to October. Join a guided walking tour by sewer district staff to learn more on this state of the art facility.

The tours will last approximately 1.5 hours.  Appropriate dress is required, which includes casual clothing and closed-toe/heel, hard, solid sole shoes (no flip flops, crocs or high heeled shoes are allowed).  A hard hat, safety glasses, and nitrile (rubber) gloves will be provided on site.  Lunch will not be provided with tour.  If interested in being provided lunch please see separate registration.

Saturday: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Cost: $15.00

The Port of Cleveland Tour

The Port of Cleveland is one of the largest ports on the Great Lakes. Over 20,000 jobs and $3.5 billion in annual economic activity are tied to the roughly 13 million tons of cargo that move through Cleveland Harbor each year.  The Port of Cleveland is the first major U.S. port of call on the Great Lakes for ships transiting the St. Lawrence Seaway System and is the only local government agency whose sole mission is to spur job creation and economic vitality in Cuyahoga County.  The technical tour will cover the 45-acre Cleveland Bulk Terminal which consists of an automated ship loader system that transfers 5,200 tons of iron ore per hour, a Class 1 railroad and docks that accommodate 1,000-foot vessels and the 80-acre general cargo operation with 3 mobile cranes with 60-ton capacity each; one stationary crane with 150-ton capacity; two Class 1 railroads; substantial lay-down areas, and inside storage capacity.

The tours will last approximately 1.5 hours.  Appropriate dress is required, which includes casual clothing and closed-toe/heel, hard, solid sole shoes (no flip flops, crocs or high heeled shoes are allowed).  Lunch will not be provided with tour.  If interested in being provided lunch please see separate registration.

Saturday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM & 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Cost: $25.00

Cuyahoga River Boat Tours

Please join us for a boat tour of the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland. The tour will traverse down the famed burning river and under many of Cleveland’s iconic, diverse, and historic bridges. Speakers will share details of the various structures including the 1910’s Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, the 1900’s Center Street Swing Bridge, the 2010’s Columbus Lift Bridge, the 1930’s Hope Memorial Bridge, and the new I-90 Innerbelt Bridges, among many others.  Participants will learn about the history of this important waterway, the Flats district, shipping vessels, and Cleveland’s industrial past and present and have access to unmatched views of the downtown skyline.

The tours will last approximately 2.5 hours.  Appropriate dress is required, which includes casual clothing and closed-toe/heel, hard, solid sole shoes (no flip flops, crocs or high heeled shoes are allowed).  Lunch will not be provided with tour.  If interested in being provided lunch please see separate registration.

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Saturday: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Cost: $15.00

Veterans Memorial Bridge and Subway Station Tour

In 1918, the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge was celebrated as the world’s largest double-deck, reinforced concrete structure, and was also listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The Veteran’s Memorial Bridge is 96 ft. tall and 3,112 ft. long, connecting Detroit and Superior Avenues over the Cuyahoga River Valley in downtown Cleveland. At the time of its completion the bridge was Cleveland’s first high-level bridge over the Cuyahoga River and also the largest steel and concrete reinforced bridge in the world.  The upper deck, opened to automobile traffic on Thanksgiving Day 1917, carried an average of 70,000 vehicles a day. The lower deck, opened on Christmas Day 1917, held four streetcar tracks. On the west side, streetcars entered and exited the bridge through tunnels beneath West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue.  The subway served as a major hub for commuter transportation until the discontinuation of the service on January 24, 1954. The tour will take visitors down into the discontinued subway system with spectacular views of the Cleveland Skyline and the Cuyahoga River.

The tour will last approximately 2 hours.  Appropriate dress is required, which includes casual clothing and closed-toe/heel, hard, solid sole shoes (no flip flops, crocs or high heeled shoes are allowed).  Lunch will not be provided with tour.  If interested in being provided lunch please see separate registration.