NEW Construction Project to Begin in Cleveland’s Flats
$3.7 million bridge replacement helps Flats industry
CLEVELAND (Monday, April 27, 2015) – Crews on behalf of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will soon begin a $3.7 million project to replace the now narrow and outdated bridge which carries Canal Road under the Norfolk Southern railroad (and over the CSX railroad), near the intersection of Commercial Road and the East 9th Street Extension (click here for a map) in Cleveland’s Flats.
Beginning next Monday, May 4 (after the morning rush hour) crews will place a temporary signal which will maintain one lane of traffic on the bridge at a time as crews build the new bridge. This will remain until the project is complete in the winter of 2016. The signal will be tied to the movement of the West 3rd Street Lift Bridge. When the bridge is up, traffic heading toward West 3rd will be stopped at the signal.
Motorists in the vicinity may want to add a few extra moments of travel time to their morning and afternoon commutes to account for the new signal!
It is not expected that the bridge will ever be closed completely for long periods of time. When the project is complete in the winter of 2016, the bridge will carry two, widened lanes (one in each direction) as well as 15 foot sidewalk for pedestrians. This will greatly improve the ability of truck and trailers to enter and exit the Flats.
Photo courtesy Google Maps.