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The Ohio Department of Transportation & The Office of Governor Bob Taft
July 26, 2002


Taft Participates in Cleveland Lakefront Plan Announcement
Plan part of the efforts to revitalize Cleveland's central city

CLEVELAND (July 26, 2002) Gov. Bob Taft today joined Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell, area business leaders and other elected officials to launch Clevelands Lakefront revitalization planning process..

"Community leaders have dreamed for years of tree-lined boulevards, housing, and parks along a restored Lake Erie vista," said Taft. "The Lakefront, must continue to be a workhorse for Cleveland - hauling its freight and moving its people. But it can be more - an asset - the regions grassy bank from which vacationers and visitors view Ohios great lake. This is an opportunity to make the lakefront more accessible to downtown and the neighborhoods."

A major component of the Cleveland Lakefront planning process is the areas infrastructure study being conducted by the Ohio Department of Transportation and the city of Cleveland. The infrastructure study will identify necessary road and bridge improvement opportunities to increase mobility and open economic development opportunities.

"The rebuilding of the lakefront will stimulate economic development in the area and create an atmosphere that enables people to enjoy the beauty of Lake Erie," said Taft

The Lakefront plan is not the only initiative being undertaken by the state to help re-energize the city. The state has invested $70 million for the Euclid Corridor project. This project will improve transportation using state-of-the-art buses and transit stations, supporting the cultural, medical and economic assets critical to northeast Ohio. In addition the state has invested $33 million for vital components of the Cleveland airport expansion project. The relocation of State Route 17 (Brookpark Road) will provide much needed space for runway expansion and the widening of State Route 237 will improve access to and from the airport

Also ODOT is in the midst of studying solutions for Clevelands Innerbelt corridor. The Innerbelt and Central Viaduct are vital to the local economy and greater Clevelands quality of life. The $8 million study, which is expected to be completed next year, will provide strategies to improve Clevelands main artery for moving people and freight through downtown.

"The Innerbelt corridor is in need of repair, and we are working to ensure Clevelands present and future transportation needs are met," said Taft.

Link to: Cleveland Innerbelt Study Web site: