Q: I’ve heard that there will be multiple new stop-lights along the corridor. Is that true?
A: No. In 2008 ODOT and the City of Cleveland eliminated proposed plans to include signalized intersections along the corridor, further reducing travel times yet maintaining a scenic, boulevard feel.
Q: I remember when the Shoreway was shut-down for the filming of Captain America. Is this project going to cause congestion like that?
A: No. While the project reduces the speed on the Shoreway (to 35 mph, rather than the 50 mph you see today) is does NOT reduce capacity or the number of lanes that cars can use. There will still be three lanes in each direction when the project is complete. During construction, at least two lanes of traffic in each direction will remain open during peak rush hours.
Q: Isn’t the reduction in speed from 50 mph to 35 mph going to slow me down on my way to work?
A: Only slightly… and we mean slightly! Traversing the distance of just over two (2) miles at 50 mph takes about 145 seconds. At 35 mph it takes about 208 seconds. That’s only a difference of just over a minute!
Q: I heard the West 28th Street entrance ramp to the Shoreway is going to close forever. Why does this have to happen?
A: That’s correct. The West 28th Street entrance ramp to the Shoreway eastbound is going to close permanently. The ramp currently enters the Main Avenue Bridge into the left lane of the roadway. Sight distances are poor, merge distance is short and this is a hotspot for collisions. Removal of the ramp will eliminate this conflict point and allow for safer travel for all. Motorists will instead use Detroit Avenue to West 45th Street to enter the Shoreway eastbound.
Q: Your website says this plan help to create “multi-modal” connections along the Shoreway. What does that mean?
A: The plan will includes improvements for multiple forms of transportation, including improvements for bikers, walkers and those who use a car.
Q: How does the project help improve access to Lake Erie?
A: The W 73rd Street Extension creates a new link from the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood directly to Edgewater Park. The new piece of roadway will dip beneath the railroad tracks and connect to the existing entrance to Edgewater Park.
Q: I don’t drive. I prefer to bike or walk. How does this project help me?
A: As part of the West Shoreway reconstruction, crews will also construct a new off road multipurpose trail along the Shoreway from West Boulevard to West 28th Street. The landscaped and lighted path will about 10 feet wide and will accommodate cyclists of all levels as well as pedestrians.