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ODOT Moving Forward with Plans for Better Biking on Lorain-Carnegie

GARFIELD HEIGHTS (Thursday, February 10, 2011)The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is moving forward with plans to better serve Greater Cleveland’s biking and walking communities by making improvements to facilities on the Lorain-Carnegie (Hope Memorial) Bridge over the Cuyahoga River valley.

In a series of stakeholder workshops beginning last fall, the Department has met with prominent members of the biking community in hopes of reaching a consensus as to what this new facility will look like.

The goal of these workshops has been to further develop alternatives for a safe and accommodating bicycle facility on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge.  Through these conversations with community stakeholders , consensus has emerged to:

·        Maintain the existing sidewalk on the south side of the bridge;

·        Install a multi-use path on the north side of the bridge, making it as wide as possible;

·        Place “sharrows” (pavement markings) on the travel lanes to indicate that drivers and bicyclists must "share the road" and post signage to make it clear that the bridge is for all users, not just motorists;

·        Light the Guardians of Transportation and install historic pedestrian-level lighting along the bridge;

·        Include a barrier separating the traffic lanes and the multi-use path that is consistent in nature with the existing outside barrier; and

·        Provide safe and attractive bikeway and pedestrian transitions and links to the areas to the west and east of the bridge.

The estimated $6 million project is expected to begin construction in 2012. 

Members of the public are invited to learn more about the project and submit comments by logging-on to www.transportation.ohio.gov/bike and clicking on the "Bike & Pedestrian Projects" link on the right side of the page. 

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For more information contact:
The ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-2006 or email D12.PublicInformation@dot.state.oh.us