CLEVELAND (Thursday, November 29, 2018) – The
second portion of a project bringing job opportunities to a portion of
Cleveland referred to as the “Forgotten Triangle” has opened. Ohio Department
of Transportation (ODOT), City of Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit
Authority (GCRTA), The Great Lakes Construction Company, stakeholders and
community members gathered today to officially cut the ribbon on Opportunity
Corridor Section 2.
This section opened to traffic in late-November and features a new roadway
between East 93rd Street and Quebec Avenue. It includes the new East
105th Street Bridge that passes over Norfolk Southern Railroad and
the newly expanded Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority station
The Great Lakes Construction Company and GPD Group were the design-build team
awarded the contract to construct Section 2, which began construction in the
spring of 2016. “Great Lakes Construction Company is proud to be an integral
partner in the Opportunity Corridor Project that is transforming this important
part of the City of Cleveland,” said George Palko, President/CEO of The Great
Lakes Construction Company.
The $35 million project was funded by the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure
Commission, Cuyahoga County, City of Cleveland, GCRTA and NOACA.
“We are truly thankful for our funding partners as well as the construction
companies that helped build this historic project. Outside of the transportation
benefits it could bring to the Cleveland area, this effort opens the potential
for new economic development, new jobs and a new identity for the community,”
said Myron Pakush, ODOT District 12 Deputy Director. “Not only have we met all
of our goals so far for local hiring and on-the-job training, we’ve exceeded
Minor operations will continue into spring 2019, such as final touches at the
GCRTA station, permanent striping, concrete sealing and landscaping. During
this work the road and bridge will remain open to traffic with minimal
disruptions to traffic.
Section 1 of the Opportunity Corridor, which included the widening of the
existing East 105th Street between Quebec and Chester avenues was
completed and opened to traffic in the fall of 2017.
Kokosing Construction Company, Inc. was awarded the design-build contract on
the third and final section of the Opportunity Corridor with a bid amount of
$150,858,250.00. Section 3 will ultimately connect I-490/I-77 to E. 93rd
Street including two new pedestrian bridges, four new bridges located over the
boulevard, six signalized intersections, new water mains, new major sanitary
and storm sewers, along with tree lawns, sidewalks and a shared-use path. This
is portion of the road is expected to be open to traffic in fall 2021.
The purpose of the Opportunity Corridor Project is to improve transportation
and economic development in the historically underserved part of Cleveland
between I-490/I-77 and University Circle. The three-mile boulevard will provide
improved access to and through the communities of Slavic Village, Central,
Kinsman, Buckeye-Shaker, and Fairfax. The Ohio Department of Transportation
(ODOT) District 12 is leading the project in partnership with the City of
For more information about traffic restrictions and updates, please visit: OpportunityCorridor.transportation.ohio.gov.