ODOT, Local Cities Celebrate Cedar Road Bridge Completion
(GARFIELD HEIGHTS NOVEMBER 15) Ohio Department of Transportation
(ODOT) Director Gordon Proctor along with the cities of Beachwood,
Lyndhurst and Pepper Pike today commemorated the completion of work on
the Cedar Road bridge over Interstate 271.
$6.3 million, 18-month project widened the bridge from five lanes to
six, adjusted the entrance and exit ramps at both Brainard and Cedar
roads and implemented a new signal system for the area. Combined with
Cuyahoga Countys upcoming Cedar Road widening project from Brainard
Road to Lander Road, this bridge widening will reduce congestion on
Cedar Road as well on the interstate, increasing safety and providing
the area with a more efficient transportation system.
bridge opened to six lanes of traffic in the middle of October and
work has continued during off-peak travel times to complete the
project. Crews continue to finalize the details of the project but all
major impacts to traffic are complete.
coordinated the project with surrounding cities and the business
community to keep the construction impact to a minimum. All major
traffic changes and closures were planned around peak shopping seasons
and daily hours.
Working with local communities and businesses is imperative to a
successful project, said Proctor. We recognize that we have entered
into an era of record-level construction programs as we are rebuilding
our states highway system through Governor Bob Tafts Jobs and
Progress Plan. We need to be able to complete projects, and bridges in
particular, with less impact to the traveling public.
Northeast Ohio will see more projects like this one because of the
governors $5 billion Jobs and Progress Plan. The plan will rebuild
Ohios highway network, address high-crash and congested locations and
complete Ohios rural macro-corridors. Over the next 10 years,
northeast Ohio will see a historic investment of $1.2 billion dollars
in major new construction and almost $3 billion of safety projects.