ODOT is seeking public comment on future
bridge project in Garfield Heights
GARFIELD HEIGHTS (Monday, April 9 2018) - The Ohio Department of
Transportation (ODOT) is proposing to rehabilitate two State Route 14 (Broadway
Avenue) bridges over Mill Creek in Garfield Heights. The project will replace
the bridge railings, the roadway wearing surface and base, repair stream
erosion and place rock channel protection to prevent future erosion.
The project will
require ODOT to acquire 4,212 Square feet (0.0967 acres) of property within the
Garfield Park Reservation to repair the Mill Creek erosion and to protect from
future erosion and 3,009 square feet (0.0691 acres) of permanent easement from
the Cleveland Metroparks, which will remain the underlying fee owner of the
property. Another 1,203 square feet of temporary right-of-way is also
required from the City of Cleveland. Upon completion of the project, the
property and ownership will revert back to the City of Cleveland. This
area of impact does not include any recreation facilities, ex. sports fields or
playground. Construction is scheduled for 2020 and will last approximately one
The Garfield Park
Reservation is considered a recreational resource under Section 4(f) of the
Department of Transportation (DOT) Act of 1966 (23 CFR 774) and is provided
protection from adverse impacts due to federal-aid transportation projects.
ODOT will implement the following measures to minimize harm to this resource:
- Access to Garfield Park
Reservation and Mill Creek Trail will be maintained at all times during
- The staging and/or storage of
construction equipment or materials shall not take place within the
defined boundaries of the Garfield Park Reservation property outside the
established construction limits.
- The Contractor will be required
to closely coordinate the construction schedule with the City of Cleveland
and the Cleveland Metroparks.
- A Cleveland Metroparks Access
Permit will be obtained by ODOT prior to the start of construction.
ODOT has coordinated
the project’s involvement with the Garfiled Park Reservation, City of
Cleveland’s Director of Public Works and the Cleveland Metroparks. All agree
that the project will not adversely affect the protected recreational
activities, features or attributed associated with this resource. Therefore,
the proposed project is considered to have a minor impact on the Garfield Park
Due to the necessary
acquisition of land associated with the Garfield Park Reservation, ODOT is
seeking public input regarding the effects. Comments may be directed to:
Mr. Mark Alan Carpenter
District Environmental Engineer
5500 Transportation Blvd.
Garfield Heights, OH 44125
216-584-2089 or Mark.Carpenter@dot.ohio.gov
Comments will be received until May 5, 2018.
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by
applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been,
carried out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding
dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.