Lorain-Carnegie (Hope Memorial) Bikeway Opened Today
CLEVELAND (Monday, December 10, 2012)Today, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and local cycling advocates celebrated the opening of the Lorain-Carnegie (Hope Memorial) Bikeway in downtown Cleveland with an Holiday Bike-to-Work Day.
Cyclists braved cold temps and constant drizzle this morning, christening the newly opened bikeway, which is expected to be complete next spring.  IMG_1701.JPG
"We are excited for the opening of the Hope Memorial Bridge Bikeway," said Jacob VanSickle, executive director of Bike Cleveland. "The connection will be a great improvement in creating truly stress free biking environments in and out of downtown Cleveland.”
A collaboration between ODOT, city of Cleveland officials, Cuyahoga County officials and local cycling advocates, the $4.5 million project makes the bridge a safer, more family friendly and convenient option for cyclists and pedestrians wishing to travel across the Cuyahoga River valley.
The 14.5 foot wide multi-use path was constructed on the north side of the structure to capture views of downtown Cleveland.  A concrete barrier has been constructed between the path and traffic to enhance the experience for pedestrians and novice cyclists – and provide additional safety.  Advanced cyclists will be advised to “share the road” with motorists in either direction using pavement markings called “sharrows” and signage along the route.
In coordination with the Innerbelt Bridge project team, additional improvements will be made along the former triangular “island” in the northwest corner of the Carnegie/Ontario intersection.  This reclaimed space will be repurposed into a bike and pedestrian friendly promenade.
While the bikeway will be open this winter, other construction operations – including lighting upgrades – will continue into the spring of 2013.  Perhaps one of the most unique aspects of the project, crews will also install lighting to highlight the iconic “Guardians of Traffic” – the sandstone art deco pylons which stand watch over each end of the structure.  The bikeway itself will be closed for a number of weeks next spring as final painting and other work takes places.  All work is expected to be complete next spring.
For more information on the Lorain-Carnegie (Hope Memorial) Bikeway Improvements project, log-on to www.BuckeyeTraffic.org/HopeMemorialBridge.
For more information contact:
The ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-4030 or email D12.PublicInformation@dot.state.oh.us