State Keeps Access to Carnegie
Unique intersection will maintain direct access to MidTown Cleveland
CLEVELAND (Thursday, October 2, 2014) – State transportation officials, under the direction of Governor John R. Kasich, have agreed to maintain access to Cleveland’s MidTown corridor during the complete reconstruction of the city’s Innerbelt. The decision was made following requests from the local community and legislators to take MidTown access into consideration.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has proposed a unique “on-structure” intersection – an elevated intersection above interstate 90 – in order to maintain access to the MidTown Health and Technology Corridor via Carnegie Avenue on Cleveland’s near-east side.
“This is an important step in continuing the modernization of the Cleveland Innerbelt Corridor,” said state Representative Bill Patmon. “I share the concerns the MidTown community had with ODOT’s previous plan and the department responded by reexamining the area and improving the plan. I’m happy with the response, but we still have more work to do. Governor Kasich is fair and open-minded. He is a strong advocate for Cleveland and I’m excited to continue our work together on this issue.”
The improved MidTown access and “on-structure” intersection would look somewhat similar to the West Goodale Street and Park Street intersection, over interstate 670 in the city of Columbus. ODOT will continue to work with its stakeholders regarding the aesthetic look and feel of the newly created area.
“Over the last thirteen years we've heard from stakeholders that the previous plan was unacceptable,” said state Representative Sandra Williams. “I am pleased that the administration has worked diligently with the community to devise a plan that may be acceptable given a few tweaks.”
The estimated cost of the improvement is roughly $20 million dollars. Once funding is identified, construction of this portion of the Innerbelt Plan could begin as early as 2017.
About ODOT’s Innerbelt Modernization Plan:
The multi-billion dollar Cleveland Innerbelt Modernization Plan is comprised of seven “Contract Groups” and is focused on improving safety, reducing congestion and modernizing interstate travel in and around Downtown Cleveland. This investment will rehabilitate and reconstruct about five miles of interstate roadways and address operational, design, safety and access shortcomings. ODOT is in the midst of replacing the 1959 “Innerbelt Bridge” with two new structures – one to carry traffic in each direction. The pair have been named in honor of statesman George V. Voinovich. The first of the pair is open and temporarily carrying traffic in both directions until completion of the second bridge in late 2016.
For more information on this project and others along the Innerbelt Corridor, please visit www.Innerbelt.org.
Looking toward the north. The ramp from I-90 east to the new E 22nd/Carnegie interchange is on the left. Motorists have the option to turn right or left on E 22nd or continue through the intersection to reach Carnegie via a reconfigured Cedar Avenue. The historic Juvenile Justice Center building can be seen just south of I-90, bordered by E 22nd, Central and Cedar Avenue. Because of its historic status, the building cannot be impacted by future construction plans.