City of Cleveland Announces Franklin Boulevard Traffic Calming Study

In response to neighborhood concerns about traffic on Franklin Boulevard, the City of Cleveland City Planning department and the Division of Traffic Engineering will conduct a traffic calming study July 24 to Aug. 10. The City of Cleveland’s temporary traffic calming demonstration is part of a larger planning process to slow traffic on Franklin Boulevard, making it safer and more comfortable for all modes of transportation. Visit www.noaca.org/Franklin for more information and to give feedback.

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The study will test the effectiveness of diverters, or short lane closures that direct vehicular traffic to turn onto another street rather than continue driving straight ahead. Diverters are designed to reduce vehicular through-traffic volume, creating a safer neighborhood street. Although diverters limit movement along the street for people in cars, in some communities, residents find that the benefits of reduced traffic and slower speeds near their homes outweigh the inconvenience of changing their driving patterns.

The three-week demonstration period – with multiple opportunities for community feedback – will help planners understand how residents surrounding Franklin Boulevard feel about the diverters.

The project team will also collect data on the number and speed of vehicles on Franklin and surrounding streets before and during the demonstration.

Diverters are one of a variety of strategies being evaluated for Franklin Boulevard as part of a planning process led by the City of Cleveland and the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, in partnership with the Ohio City and Detroit Shoreway neighborhoods.

Diverters will be installed for eastbound traffic on Franklin at West 85th Street and West 65th Street, and for westbound traffic at West 54th Street, beginning July 24 through Aug. 10.