Thanks to Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s enhanced budget, made possible by Issue 32, the City of Cleveland is embarking on more street improvement projects in 2017 than years past. Projects span all neighborhoods and wards throughout the city.
Here are some highlights about this year’s road work:
- Street resurfacing began on April 27, 2017 and will continue through the summer, weather permitting. The first resurfacing project took place in Ward 4 on Parkview Avenue near the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.
- Potholes are serviced year round, weather permitting. The Department of Public Works has increased its pothole crews from three to 10 as a result of the passage of Issue 32.
- This year, with the completion of the Pavement Management Study we have a graded system that allows us to select the streets that are in the greatest need of resurfacing. We are using the worst first approach to road resurfacing.
- We are projecting to resurface 95 streets this year.
- Thanks to Issue 32 funds, the City of Cleveland has reinstated street sweeping services.
- Leaf pick-up service has also been reactivated in designated high leaf generation areas. View maps and a list of locations here.
Updates will be posted Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
Today, officials from the City of Cleveland announced its 2017-18 winter weather plan. A portion of the city’s snow removal fleet was on display and directors from Public Utilities, Public Works, Public Safety and Port Control provided insights on areas of importance for everyone to know as we enter into this year’s winter season.
“As winter approaches, the City of Cleveland is prepared to provide quality services to our residents,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “Thanks to Issue 32, we have invested in more resources to make sure the enhanced service delivery reaches every resident in a timely and efficient manner, especially during this winter’s snow events.”
Following the press conference, the Division of Streets provided a guided tour and demonstration of the newly installed Automated Vehicle Locator (AVL) system and its functions. The AVL system will allow the city to track its fleets and be more efficient in its snow removal operations.
A copy of the Winter Weather Plan will soon be released. In the meantime, the link here provides access to the City’s geographic information system (GIS) allowing viewers to view the routes that City snow plows are clearing.
Thanks to the citizens of Cleveland who helped pass Issue 32 the Department of Public Works this year was able to hire an additional 42 personnel who will function as snow plow drivers, radio operators, and construction equipment operators.
Winter weather brings many challenges for our citizens and in order to stay abreast of emergencies during this winter season the City encourages everyone to sign up for CodeRED. It is simple and easy to access. Click on this link and follow the online instructions.
Reminders: Listed below are a few reminders about the precautionary measures you should take to ensure your safety this winter season.
- Check Emergency Supply Kits. Do you have extra winter clothes, sufficient food and water, extra batteries, flashlights, and a battery or hand-crank radio? What about medications, toys for the kids, pet food, and copies of important information such as numbers for your local utilities? While checking on your own supplies, take some time to check on your neighbors and the elderly. Ensure that all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home are working properly.
- Take personal precautions and check on the vulnerable. The cold weather may put a strain on your heart; follow your doctor’s advice about shoveling snow or other strenuous work. Many injuries result from falls on ice-covered surfaces; make sure to keep steps and walkways clean and free of ice. Infants and the elderly are most at risk for cold-related illness; keep in touch with elderly or at-risk neighbors or relatives, making sure they are safe and that their homes are adequately heated.
- Dress appropriately in the cold. Almost all cases of hypothermia and frostbite are preventable. If you must be outside, dress appropriately: wear loose fitting layers to provide overall body warmth, a hat, scarf, mittens and boots will provide additional protection from the elements. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs. Keep dry, change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. If you suspect hypothermia or frostbite, call 911 immediately; if possible, protect the person from further exposure to the cold, remove any wet clothing and warm without rubbing the affected areas.
- Pay attention to snow parking bans. If snow accumulation exceeds 2 inches or more, a Snow Emergency Parking Ban may be enacted. The ban allows plows sufficient time to remove snow and ice and move through city streets at a good pace. When a snow ban goes into effect, stopping, standing, and parking of vehicles will be restricted and prohibited on City streets with posted red and white signs. Anyone who fails to comply will be ticketed and towed.
- Don’t Block the Box. Ensure you can move all the way through an intersection before the traffic signal changes. Stopping in the middle of an intersection prohibits oncoming vehicles from passing through that intersection and can result in grid lock. In addition, be aware of traffic control officers who may be outside on the street directing traffic.
- Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water. Don’t forget or skip planning and preparing for your animals!
To see the lists of equipment, personnel, and material available for Public Works as we start the 2017 winter season click on this link.
The City of Cleveland has announced that paid parking will begin in the West Side Market lot within the next month. As the West Side Market and Ohio City continue to grow in popularity, the new parking structure will relieve parking congestion and improve the overall customer experience of visitors.
The parking lot will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Anyone parking between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. will receive 90 minutes of free parking. After 90 minutes, parkers will pay a nominal fee of $1/hour. The 90 minutes free is only from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. After 6 p.m. parkers will be required to pay $1/hour. Local Ohio City businesses helped the City of Cleveland establish the fees for paid parking.
For their convenience, parkers may pay by credit card at the columns as they exit each lot or by cash or credit at the Pay on Foot machine. When visitors enter the parking area, they will be required to take a ticket. Parkers are asked to take their tickets to the machine to pay. After the new parking machines are installed, parkers will need their paid ticket to exit the lot.
Previous improvements as part of the West Side Market parking project include an increase of more than 100 spaces and added lighting.
For America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, City of Cleveland Waste Commissioner Paul Alcantar and Office of Sustainability Director Kristin Hall discussed in a Facebook Live video some of the things Clevelanders should know about recycling.
Here’s a recap of some important points to remember:
- Place all recyclables directly, loosely in the bin. Do not bag them.
- The City of Cleveland does not accept plastic bags for recycling, though many retailers do have drop offs for plastic bags.
- Recycled food materials such as food cans and juice bottles must be rinsed before they are placed in the blue roll carts.
- Items such as toys, electronics and clothing are not recyclable. However, you may want to donate these items to a charity depending on their condition.
- Food take out items like foam cups and boxes are not recyclable.
For more examples of what’s recyclable and what’s not, visit cuyahogarecycles.org/Cleveland.