Changes Announced for Traffic Patterns in 2 East Side Neighborhoods

As part of ongoing neighborhood enhancements, Dominion East Ohio pipeline infrastructure improvements are scheduled to begin soon in two communities on Cleveland’s East Side.

The first project begins March 27, 2017, weather permitting. It includes improvements to the following streets:

  • Belvidere Avenue – Between East 60th Street and East 65th Street
  • East Side of E. 60th Street from Hough Avenue to Quimby Road

Improvement to infrastructure begins with the replacement of old steel mainlines.  One lane of traffic will be maintained with traffic control personnel in the work zone directing traffic.  In addition, access to adjacent driveways will be maintained and the work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The second project begins Monday, April 3, 2017, weather permitting, and includes improvements to the following streets:

  • East 105th Street from St. Clair Avenue to the Bratenahl Corp. Line
  • From East 105th Street to East 106th Street on Remington, Elk, and Glenville Roads
  • From East 103rd Street to East 105th Street on Marlowe, Colonial, and Barrett Roads

One lane of traffic will be maintained at all times on side-streets with traffic control personnel in the work zones directing traffic.  A minimum of one-lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained on E. 105 with traffic control present in the work zone directing traffic.  In addition, a Law Enforcement Officer will be present at all signalized intersections.  Access to adjacent driveways will be maintained and the work will take place during daytime hours from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Expect additional traffic notices as work progresses. Road construction invariably presents hazards to the public. All travelers are urged to use caution in construction zones. Public safety and the safety of workers is a top priority.

City to Work With Detroit Shoreway Residents to Reduce Franklin Blvd. Speed Limit

The City of Cleveland is committed to ensuring the safety of our residents and visitors. As a result of community concerns about the speed limit on Franklin Boulevard in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, the City plans to support residents and City Council as they seek to change the speed limit.

The speed limit on Franklin Boulevard, as a matter of state law, is set at 35 miles per hour. Municipalities do not have the authority to change speed limits.

Residents of the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood have expressed concern over the existing speed limit. The City of Cleveland will work with residents and City Council to reduce the speed limit to 25 miles per hour on Franklin Boulevard.

The City will collaborate with the residents and City Council as they petition the State of Ohio to change the speed limit. In the meantime, in accordance with State of Ohio law, the speed limit will remain 35 miles per hour on Franklin Boulevard.

City of Cleveland Encourages Safe, Enjoyable St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

The City of Cleveland welcomes all parade participants and parade goers of the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Friday, March 17, 2017 in downtown Cleveland.

The combination of downtown residents, visitors and working professionals in the same location brings a busy time. The City of Cleveland and other downtown area and law enforcement partners are providing tips to make the experience safe, memorable and enjoyable.

In addition to increased traffic, parking downtown will be a challenge due to the already in progress workday. The priority of the Division of Police is to get attendees to and from the parade safely and to ensure that the event is safe and secure.

The City of Cleveland and Division of Police offering citizens the following advice to improve their visit:

  • Ride RTA. Park, ride or plan to commute with the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA). Rail service will be increased to accommodate more riders as this is their busiest day of the year. The last train leaves Tower City at midnight on the Red and Blue Lines and at 9 p.m. on the Green Line. Bring exact change and prepare to buy a special St. Patrick’s Day $5 Round-Trip Ticket from RTA staff at major rail stations. All-Day Passes are also available on the RTA mobile app.
  • Arrive early to your destination. If you plan on attending the parade, leave home early enough to give yourself ample travel time.
  • Familiarize yourself with downtown parking garages and surface lots – understand that the lots closest to the parade route will fill up first.
  • Be aware of increased pedestrian traffic in the downtown area.
  • Plan for the weather – the forecast at this time calls for temperatures in the 30’s, so dress accordingly.

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 from both the Cleveland Division of Police and partnering law enforcement agencies will be detailed to the event for added security and crowd control.

Parade Route: The parade route for the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at Superior Avenue at East 18th Street. The parade travels west on Superior Avenue to Public Square, north on West Roadway, and east on Rockwell Avenue, ending at Rockwell Avenue and Ontario Street. Roads crossing Superior Avenue throughout the route will be closed at Superior Avenue before and throughout the parade. The entire parade route is closed, meaning that observers are NOT to enter the parade at any time.

St. Pat's Map

Child Reunification: Parade goers who intend to bring small children are reminded to be mindful of their whereabouts at all times. Small children can disappear into a crowd very quickly and become lost. Advise children that if they do become separated from you to find someone in uniform. There will be many uniformed law enforcement and safety personnel on site, as well as members of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, who can keep them safe and reunite them with loved ones. The Child Reunification Center will be located in the Justice Center at 1300 Ontario Street. Members of the Bureau of Community Policing will care for lost children until reunification is established.

Impaired Driving: The Cleveland Division of Police will not have dedicated OVI checkpoints on St. Patrick’s Day, however there will be an overall heightened awareness for OVI offenders both on city streets and the highways. Persons found to be driving impaired will be arrested and their vehicles impounded. Celebrators are urged to plan ahead by utilizing RTA or other public transportation services.

Follow along on the Cleveland Division of Police Facebook page and Twitter (@CLEPolice). Use the hashtag #CLEStPats.

Cleveland Division of Fire is Now Accepting Applications

Positions will expand critical service to Cleveland neighborhoods

The City of Cleveland is accepting applications for the Division of Fire. Applications are available Wednesday, March 15 to Saturday, April 15. Testing is Saturday, April 1 to Sunday, April 30.

To complete an application and schedule a testing date and location, visit the City of Cleveland Online Job Application. Candidates are required to complete the application and take the test online.

“Thanks to the citizens of Cleveland for passing Issue 32, we now have the opportunity and resources to increase our first responder services across Cleveland,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson.

The addition of new firefighters in the City of Cleveland is part of Mayor Jackson’s effort to enhance the quality of life in Cleveland neighborhoods by reducing emergency response times.

Mayor Jackson, who announced his 2017 budget enhancements on February 1, promised Cleveland residents a renewed focus on critical services in area neighborhoods. Services such as police, fire and emergency medical services will all receive significant increases in staff and equipment as a result of Issue 32.

The Division of Fire has increased its budget by $2.8 million, with an additional fire company, support personnel, safety equipment and a records system update. The new openings are due in part to the mayor’s enhanced 2017 budget, and the retirement of veteran firefighters from the division.

“The Cleveland Division of Fire consists of brave, committed men and women who understand the importance of providing critical services to our neighborhoods and residents,” said Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo. “This is a rigorous application process, but we are excited to have additional resources and manpower.

Help with the application process or access to a computer is available at Cleveland City Hall located at 601 Lakeside Avenue. Human Resources (Room 121) and Civil Service (Room 119) personnel are available to assist.

For more information about the application process, contact the Cleveland Fire Recruitment Unit at 216.664.6388 or email inquiries to: firejobs@city.cleveland.oh.us

City of Cleveland Announces 4 Traffic Pattern Changes Beginning March 20

As a result of City of Cleveland road improvements and work by Dominion East Ohio Gas, the City has announced changes to four traffic patterns – all beginning March 20, 2017.

  • Clark Avenue at West 65th Street: Traffic westbound on Clark Avenue will be diverted north on West 65th Street and west on Lorain Avenue due to construction. Read more here.
  • Carnegie Avenue at East 30th Street: Due to mainline replacements to be made by Dominion, eastbound traffic on Carnegie Avenue will be reduced to one lane from East 30th Street to East 32nd Street. The work zone will be removed during rush hour traffic. Read more here.
  • Old Brooklyn Neighborhood: Several streets in Old Brooklyn – including Broadview Road, Tate Avenue, Spring Road, Montclair Avenue, Hood Avenue and West 20th Street – will be temporarily reduced to one lane. Read more here.
  • Cudell Neighborhood: Pipeline infrastructure improvements will be made in the areas of West 98th Street, West 99th Street, West 100th Street and West 101st Street in the Cudell neighborhood. Traffic in the impacted stretches of the streets affected will be reduced to one lane with traffic control personnel in the work zones directing traffic. Read more here.

Road construction invariably presents hazards to the public. All travelers are urged to use caution in construction zones. Public safety and the safety of workers is a top priority.

City of Cleveland Prepared for Snow Accumulation

The City of Cleveland is executing snow removal operations ahead of the expected severe weather.

Chief of Operations Darnell Brown and Director of Public Works Michael Cox provided updates on the following operations:

  • The City has 60 available trucks and more than 29,000 tons of salt.
  • The first shift currently has 38 trucks ready to deploy to city streets, all of which are loaded with salt.
  • Two trucks are pre-treating hills, and will then move to bridges.
  • The second shift (3 p.m.) will have 24 trucks on the road, but will add additional trucks as needed.
  • At 11 p.m. the City will have 44 trucks deployed on city streets throughout the evening.

No emergency parking ban in effect.

City to Train, Equip All First Responders to Prevent Opioid and Heroin Overdoses

Mayor Frank G. Jackson Addresses Northeast Ohio Opioid Epidemic

Mayor Frank G. Jackson held a press conference Friday to address the City of Cleveland’s efforts to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic.

The Division of Police is holding trainings on how to use the life-saving drug Narcan (Naloxone), which prevents opioid overdose. When police training is complete, all front line officers, paramedics and firemen throughout the city will be equipped and trained to administer Narcan and prevent citizen overdose.

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Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and the Division of Fire are already administering the drug. Cleveland also is the first city in Ohio to collaborate with Project Dawn and dispense Narcan to citizens for personal use.

The City of Cleveland is committed to the safety of its residents, and is exercising a proactive, holistic approach to combating the opioid epidemic. The most effective method to combat overdoses is to administer Narcan. Mayor Jackson and the administration recognize the need to have the drug readily available for all first responders.

Watch the full press conference below: