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Lakefront West


The Lakefront West Project is working to connect Cleveland's west side neighborhoods with the lakefront by creating multi-modal connections along the West Shoreway between West Boulevard and the Main Avenue Bridge. The Lakefront West Project will increase access to Lake Erie, improve green space, biking and pedestrian facilities, increase development potential and simplify connections along the now limited-access freeway. During Phase II of the proposed project, this 2.5 mile freeway will be transformed into a scenic, tree-lined boulevard. Reduction of the speed limit from 50 mph to 35 mph is expected to add only 75 seconds of total travel time along the boulevard. 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.



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 West 73rd Street Extension Project Update

West 65th Street Pedestrian Tunnel Impacts
The West 65th Street Pedestrian Tunnel and trail are open.  The temporary closure was necessary to accommodate the remainder of the realignment work to connect the West 65th Street trail to Edgewater Park. 
During the closure, pedestrians will be detoured via south on West 65th Street, west on Detroit Avenue, north on West 73rd Street and west on Battery Park Blvd. to the West 76th Street pedestrian tunnel and trail to Edgewater Park.

State Route 2 eastbound ramp to Edgewater Park
The State Route 2 eastbound exit ramp to Edgewater Park is open.. 

In 2015, the ramp will be closed again from October through December.
The closure is part of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s West 73rd Street Extension project and is necessary to construct the ramp on a new alignment. Motorists will detour via the West 45th Street exit ramp to Detroit Avenue to West 49th Street to Herman Avenue to SR 2 westbound.

The ramp closure allows ODOT and the contractor to expedite the work and overall reduce the total amount of time the ramp will be closed from one year to approximately eight to 10 months.


 Projects in Construction


West 73rd Street Extension

  • Expected completion: Fall 2015

To view additional renderings click on the photo below.



 Construction Complete


Pedestrian Tunnels

  • Lake Avenue - OPEN!


  • West 76th Street - OPEN!




 Associated Projects


 Projects in Design


West 28th Street & West 45th Street Safety Improvement Project

  • Closure of the Main Avenue bridge eastbound entrance ramp from West 28th Street and the realignment of the Main Avenue westbound exit ramp to West 28th Street.
  • Reconstruction of the West 45th Street entrance ramp to the West Shoreway to better accommodate the West 28th Street traffic.
  • Improvement to turn at West 45th Street and Detroit intersection.
  • Construction expected to begin Summer 2015.

Mainline Reconstruction Project

  • Replacement of the existing West Shoreway mainline pavement from Lake Avenue/Clifton Boulevard to the Main Avenue Bridge (includes the ramps to/from West Boulevard).

Click on the map below for a larger version. The Mainline Reconstruction is outlined in pink and the multi-use trail is outlined in green.


  • Installation of the West Shoreway eastbound exit ramp to West 73rd Street and Edgewater Park (previously closed with the West 73rd Street project due to design criteria).
  • Replacement of the West Shoreway eastbound exit ramp to West 45th Street as well as the ramps on the north side of the West Shoreway.
  • Reconstruction of the Main Avenue/West 25th Street corridor to better accommodate trucks.
  • Installation of a new multipurpose trail along the West Shoreway from West Boulevard to West 28th Street.
  • Wetland mitigation.
  • The reduction in speed limit from 50 mph to 35 mph would occur at the completion of this project. The reduction adds less than 75 seconds of additional drive time along this section of the West Shoreway.
  • Plans are currently being prepared and will be completed in the spring 2014.



 Project Documents


Cleveland Urban Core Projects 

District 12 Public Information Office - E-mail: D12.PublicInformation@dot.state.oh.us - Phone: 216.584.2007