Opportunity Corridor to Include Protected, Separated Bicycle Track

Today, the City of Cleveland submitted plans to the Ohio Department of Transportation for the creation of a protected, separated bicycle track to be incorporated in the Opportunity Corridor project. This bicycle track will connect residents to the city and region and achieve a goal of creating a protected, safe, and dedicated bike facility along Opportunity Corridor that welcomes both experienced and inexperienced riders while providing a safe separation for pedestrians.

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“The implementation of a bike facility in the Opportunity Corridor project was something we were committed to doing,” said Director of City Planning Freddy Collier. “After internal and external discussions, the city decided that this protected, separated bicycle track achieves our objective of creating healthy, equitable, and sustainable neighborhoods through transportation enhancements.”

This decision comes after careful review of a proposal from Bike Cleveland and analysis from various City Departments including Traffic Engineering, City Planning, Public Works, Sustainability, and the State of Ohio Department of Transportation. The city’s plan ensures safe alternate means of travel by separating cyclists and pedestrians from anticipated heavy vehicle traffic with an eight foot, landscaped tree lawn.

The advantages of a protected, separated bicycle track include separate paths for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, a tree lawn with additional greenspace and urban forestry, simpler installation of street signage, and no projected cost increases. The project bicycle track is expected to be included in the construction of the Opportunity Corridor Project.

About the Opportunity Corridor Project:

Opportunity Corridor is a transportation system improvement project between I-490/I-77 and University Circle in Cleveland. Construction commenced on March 16, 2105 and is expected to be completed in 2019. The total cost of the project is $331 million dollars.

City of Cleveland Celebrates Earth Day by Focusing on Clean Water

Happy Earth Day from the City of Cleveland!  Today is the 45th Earth Day and the City of Cleveland is celebrating the environment locally, across the country, and around the globe.

This rain barrel, supplied at no cost to Cleveland residents, can help cut water bills and reduce pollutants in drinkable water supply.

This rain barrel, supplied at no cost to Cleveland residents, can help cut water bills and reduce pollutants in the drinkable water supply.

As part of Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative, the City of Cleveland is encouraging everyone to take action at home, at work and in the community to make Cleveland a more thriving and resilient city.

Today, President Obama announced a special initiative that would help make the Great Lakes more resilient to Climate Change by conserving and restoring important lands and waters. This initiative will focus on increasing coastal resilience, developing coastal wetlands and marine conservation areas, protecting drinking water for urban areas, providing wildlife habitats, and preventing threats like flooding and invasive species.

Similarly, the City of Cleveland Office of Sustainability has declared 2015 as the Year of Clean Water and has provided many ways for individuals to get involved in helping to keep waterways fishable, swimmable and drinkable.

Kick the Bottled Water Habit!

One of the collaborative projects initiated by the Year of Clean Water Working Group is a Pledge to Reduce/Eliminate Plastic Water Bottles at events and meetings.  Click here for more information and sign this pledge and help promote Cleveland’s tap water at your events and reduce waste.

Take a tour and enter to win big!

Celebrate the Year of Clean Water and enter to win big in the Clean Water Tour & Sweepstakes! From January through October 2015, Year of Clean Water partner organizations are hosting a series of fun, family-friendly, and educational events that highlight local efforts to keep our water drinkable, swimmable, and fishable. Attend any of the listed events for a chance to win the grand prize or one of many family fun prize packages. The more events you attend, the greater your likelihood of winning! Visit the Cleveland Water Alliance’s website to learn more!

To learn more about getting involved at home, at work, and in your community on clean water, click here. Earth Day is every day in Cleveland. Check out our calendar to learn how to get involved all year long!

Cleveland Prepares for Excitement and Energy from Game Two of the Playoffs

As the Cavaliers playoff series continues, the City of Cleveland would like to remind visitors and all those in the downtown area of the parking restrictions that will be in place for the home playoff game this Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00 pm.

Cleveland Prepares for Excitement and Energy from Game Two of the Playoffs

“No Parking” restrictions will be in place at the below areas. These restrictions go into effect two hours before game time.

  • Huron Road – from Ontario Street to Prospect Avenue
  • Prospect Avenue – from Ontario Street To East 14th Street
  • East 9th Street – from Euclid Avenue to Carnegie Avenue
  • East 4th Street – from Prospect Avenue to Huron Road

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In addition to the notification of parking restrictions, the City of Cleveland and Division of Police offer the following advice to improve your visit and downtown experience:

Arrive early. Plan your commute beforehand to effectively utilize your time. For Tuesday’s Cavaliers game, there will be a free FanFest outside The Q beginning at 4:30 p.m. Arrive early to enjoy the festivities.

Ride RTA. RTA will operate Red Line trains every 15 minutes to accommodate Cavs fans. Blue and Green Line trains will operate according to the regular schedule. All rapid lines will serve Cavs fans for at least 90 minutes after the game ends. Park for free at many of RTA’s rapid stations, buy a $5 All-Day-Pass and take the train to Tower City Station for an easy walk to the Q through the enclosed Walkway near Tower City food court. Plan your commute with http://www.riderta.com to enjoy all Downtown Cleveland has to offer.

Put Your Junk in Your Trunk! Valuable items should not be left in the interior of a vehicle where others can see them. Even better is to place these items in the trunk prior to arriving at your destination.

Be aware of increased pedestrian traffic in the downtown area.

If you see something suspicious, say something. Report any suspicious activity to safety officials.

The Bureau of Traffic will supplement their customary allotment of traffic enforcement officers with additional police officers and traffic controllers to facilitate traffic into and out of downtown and to assist with pedestrian traffic.  Numerous officers will be detailed to the area during the event for added security and crowd control.

The Ohio Department of Transportation would like to remind motorists that if you are traveling and use I-77 south to exit Downtown you will notice changes as the East 9th and Ontario Street ramps to I-77 south have been permanently relocated.

Outbound I-77 traffic now uses a wider, more attractive boulevard along Orange Avenue. The E 14th Street entrance to I-77 south has been improved and Broadway Avenue also provides a great alternate to reach I-77. For a map of alternate routes, please click here.

  • Motorists who use I-71 north or I-90 east to enter Downtown are also reminded that the Ontario Street exit ramp is temporarily closed and you should use East 9th Street instead – or – Opt for the Alternate! and use I-490 and I-77 to bypass construction.
  • Follow all posted signage and allow for extra travel time to reach, and depart, Downtown venues.
  • For a LIVE look at traffic speeds and cameras approaching Downtown, be sure to visit http://www.ohgo.com/Dashboard/ne-ohio for up-to-the-minute information!

Events this Weekend Continue to Attract Fans and Visitors

Cleveland Cavaliers Playoff Game and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies

Downtown Cleveland continues to attract excitement and attention from visitors all across Northeast Ohio and beyond.  This weekend the City of Cleveland will welcome fans of Rock and Roll and playoff basketball as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies take place this Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 pm and the Cleveland Cavaliers begin their playoff series with the Boston Celtics on Sunday, April 19 at 3:00 pm.

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These two high profile events will put Cleveland in the national spotlight and provide entertainment for many families and visitors. In order to ensure that the weekend festivities are safe and enjoyable for all, the City of Cleveland and our downtown area partners would like to provide the following information.

In addition to increased traffic, lane restrictions and construction in the downtown area and around Public Square (see here) may make travel slow. In order to improve traffic flow, the Division of Police will be implementing the following traffic regulations:

Saturday – Street Closures

  • East Mall Drive – North Bound Complete Road Closure from St. Clair Ave to Lakeside Avenue (one way north bound).
  • East 6th Street – Partial Road Closure – St. Clair Ave north to Penton parking garage.
  • Lakeside Avenue – Complete road closure from East 6th Street to Ontario Street. Access to Willard garage only on East 9th Street entrance.

Sunday – In addition to the above street closures,  “No Parking” restrictions will be in place at the below areas

  • Huron Rd – from Ontario St. to Prospect Ave.
  • Prospect Ave – from Ontario St. To East 14th St.
  • East 9th St. – from Euclid Ave. to Carnegie Ave.
  • East 4th St. – from Prospect Ave. to Huron Rd.

“All downtown events have their own unique traffic challenges”, said City of Cleveland Commissioner of Traffic James Muhic. “We work to keep things flowing in an orderly and timely manner, but make sure you give yourself enough time to get to your destination.”

The City of Cleveland and Division of Police offer the following advice to improve your visit:

 Arrive downtown early. Plan your commute beforehand to effectively utilize your time. For Sunday’s Cavaliers game, there will be a free FanFest outside The Q beginning at 12:30 p.m. Arrive early to enjoy the festivities.

Ride RTA. Either park and ride or plan your commute with http://www.riderta.com/ to enjoy all downtown Cleveland has to offer.

Put Your Junk in Your Trunk! Valuable items should not be left in the interior of a vehicle where others can see them. Even better is to place these items in the trunk prior to arriving at your destination.

Be aware of increased pedestrian traffic in the downtown area.

If you see something suspicious, say something. Report any suspicious activity to safety officials.

The Bureau of Traffic will supplement their customary allotment of traffic enforcement officers with additional police officers and traffic controllers to facilitate traffic into and out of downtown and to assist with pedestrian traffic.  Numerous officers will be detailed to the area during the event for added security and crowd control.

The Ohio Department of Transportation would like to remind motorists that if you are traveling and use I-77 south to exit Downtown you will notice changes as the East 9th and Ontario Street ramps to I-77 south have been permanently relocated.

Outbound I-77 traffic now uses a wider, more attractive boulevard along Orange Avenue. The E 14th Street entrance to I-77 south has been improved and Broadway Avenue also provides a great alternate to reach I-77. For a map of alternate routes, please click here.

  • Motorists who use I-71 north or I-90 east to enter Downtown are also reminded that the Ontario Street exit ramp is temporarily closed and you should use East 9th Street instead – or – Opt for the Alternate! and use I-490 and I-77 to bypass construction.
  • Follow all posted signage and allow for extra travel time to reach, and depart, Downtown venues.
  • For a LIVE look at traffic speeds and cameras approaching Downtown, be sure to visit http://www.ohgo.com/Dashboard/ne-ohiofor up-to-the-minute information!

 

 

Vehicle Auction This Saturday, April 18, 2015 (PHOTOS)

Originally posted on Cleveland Division of Police:

Need a Car, SUV or Mini-van?

Hummer, Cadillac, Volvo, Audi and more!

 Approximately seventy-six (76) vehicles including motorcycles and ATV’s will be up for sale 

CLEVELAND – On Saturday, April 18, 2015, beginning at 9:00 a.m., the Cleveland Division of Police will be auctioning off vehicles that have been abandoned or forfeited to the City of Cleveland.  The public is invited to the Cleveland Division of Police Impound Lot #2 located at 4300 Bradley Rd. Cleveland, Ohio, where the event will take place rain or shine.

Approximately seventy-six (76) vehicles will be auctioned off. The impound lot will open at 8:00 a.m. to view the vehicles and the auction will begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp.  All sales are final.  None of the vehicles come with a warranty or guarantee.  As always there is 10 % cash down payment for the winning bid and the remainder within five (5) days.

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Triskett Road Reconstruction Project

On Wednesday, April 15, work will commence on the next phase of the Triskett Road Reconstruction Project between Lorain Avenue and Berea Road.

construction1Work will be concentrated on the southern half of Triskett Road, while two-way traffic is maintained on the northern half. Access to sidewalks, driveways, building and service entrances will be permitted at all times. This phase of Triskett Road work is scheduled to be completed in July 2015.

Improvements to the Triskett Road Reconstruction Project include pavement rehabilitation, curb, sidewalk and driveway repairs, ADA compliant ramps, replacement of existing catch basins, additional catch basins and upgrade the traffic signal system. The construction cost is $6,665,000.

The Triskett Road Reconstruction Project is an ODOT administered construction project that reconstructs Warren Road from Lorain Road to Munn Road, and Triskett Road, from Lorain Road to West 117th Street.

The entire project is scheduled for completion in December 2015.

Cleveland Indians Home Opener, Cavaliers Home Game Expected to Draw Many Visitors to Downtown Cleveland

The City of Cleveland is excited to welcome all dedicated fans to the downtown area this Friday, April 10, 2015 for the Cleveland Indians Home Opener against the Detroit Tigers at 4:10 pm and the Cleveland Cavaliers game vs. the Boston Celtics at 7:30 pm.

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The combination of downtown Cleveland residents, visitors, and working professionals in the same area is expected to a busy time; therefore, the City of Cleveland and other downtown area partners would like to provide the following tips to make the experience memorable and enjoyable.

In addition to increased traffic, lane restrictions and construction in the downtown area and around Public Square (see here) may make travel slow. In order to improve traffic flow, the Division of Police will be implementing “NO PARKING” designations in the following areas (see below):

• East 9th Street – Euclid Avenue to Carnegie Avenue
• Huron Road – Ontario Street to Prospect Avenue
• Prospect Avenue – Ontario Street to East 14th Street
• Erie Court – East 9th Street to East 14th Street
• Sumner Court – East 9th Street to East 14th Street
• East 4th Street – Huron Road to Prospect Avenue
• East 2nd Street – High Street to Prospect Avenue
• Bolivar Road – East 9th St to East 7th Street
• East 6th Street – Prospect Avenue to Eagle Avenue

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“This will be an exciting and bustling time in downtown throughout the day and night,” said Commissioner of Traffic James Muhic. “Our priority is to get everyone safely to their destination and we are taking the necessary steps to ensure that happens.”

Signs will be posted and meters bagged in advance of the day. Illegally parked vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense and can be picked up at the division’s One Stop Impound Lot located at 3040 Quigley Road.

The City of Cleveland and Division of Police offer the following advice to improve your visit:

Ride RTA. Either park and ride or plan your commute with http://www.riderta.com/ to enjoy all downtown Cleveland has to offer. Rail service will be increased to accommodate more riders.
Utilize trolleys . Trolleys are abundant all over downtown Cleveland and they are free. This will allows commuters to park farther away and catch the trolley anywhere downtown.
Arrive early to your destination. If you plan on attending the Indians Home Opener, leave early enough to give yourself ample travel time so you don’t miss pregame festivities and explore the transformed Progressive Field renovations. Progressive Field gates OPEN at 2:00PM with first pitch at 4:10PM. If you plan on attending the Cleveland Cavaliers game at 7:30 pm, plan to arrive BEFORE the ending of the Indians game.
Familiarize yourself with downtown parking garages and surface lots – understand that the lots nearest the ballpark generally fill up first.
Be aware of increased pedestrian traffic particularly around Progressive Field.

The Bureau of Traffic will supplement their customary allotment of traffic enforcement officers with additional police officers and traffic controllers to facilitate traffic into and out of downtown and to assist with pedestrian traffic. Numerous officers will be detailed to the area during the event for added security and crowd control.

The Ohio Department of Transportation would like to remind motorists that if you are traveling and use I-77 south to exit Downtown you will notice changes as the East 9th and Ontario Street ramps to I-77 south have been permanently relocated.

Outbound I-77 traffic now uses a wider, more attractive boulevard along Orange Avenue. The E 14th Street entrance to I-77 south has been improved and Broadway Avenue also provides a great alternate to reach I-77. For a map of alternate routes, please click here.

• Motorists who use I-71 north or I-90 east to enter Downtown are also reminded that the Ontario Street exit ramp is temporarily closed and you should use East 9th Street instead.
• Motorists are advised to follow all posted signage and allow for extra travel time to reach, and depart, Downtown venues.
• For a LIVE look at traffic speeds and cameras approaching Downtown, be sure to visit www.Ohgo.com for up-to-the-minute information!