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 most construction operations, at least two lanes of traffic in each direction will remain open during peak rush hours. Some work may require additional lane closures and advanced warning will be provided when the work is scheduled.
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: The West 28th Street entrance ramp to the Shoreway was originally going to close as part of the project. However after hearing from many residents and business owners ODOT and the city of Cleveland revaluated the area and the ramp will stay open. Work will still be done in the area of West 28th Street to improve safety.
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.