The study corridor of the Lakefront West Project resides entirely in the City of Cleveland and runs along the existing alignment of Ohio State Route 2 from Clifton Boulevard on the west to the Main Avenue Bridge on the east. It is bounded on the south by the Norfolk Southern Railroad and on the north by various properties containing mostly public uses, including Edgewater Park, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority’s bulk material terminals, City of Cleveland Garrett Morgan Water Treatment Plant, and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s westerly sewage treatment plant. The existing corridor is limited access, and has westbound interchanges at W. 25th St. (entrance)/W. 28th St. (exit), W. 49th Street (exit only), Edgewater Park (full interchange), Lake Blvd. (exit only), and ends with a signalized intersection at Clifton Blvd. Eastbound, the corridor begins from the intersection at Clifton and has interchanges at Lake Blvd. (entrance only), Edgewater Park (full interchange), W. 45th St. (entrance/exit), and W. 28th St. (entrance)/W. 25th St. (exit). The study area includes the Community Development Corporations (CDCs) of Ohio City Near West, Flats Oxbow, Detroit Shoreway, and Cudell Edgewater and parts of City wards 4, 6, 12, and 17.
With stakeholder input, the Lakefront West Project will be advanced through ODOT’s Project Development Process (PDP). The PDP will include engineering and environmental studies to develop conceptual and feasible alternatives and ultimately identify a preferred alternative. The preferred alternative must meet the general principals of the Lakefront Plan and satisfy project Purpose & Need. To do so, ODOT will explore boulevard gateway concepts along the corridor and multi-model connections to the lakefront at the following locations: