Road Work News: April 28, 2017

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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.
  • Thanks to Issue 32 funds, the City of Cleveland has reinstated street sweeping services.

Click here to view streets projects scheduled for today.

City of Cleveland Introduces 2016-17 Winter Weather Plan

As the winter season approaches, today the City of Cleveland released details from its 2016-17 winter weather plan that outlined proactive measures in place ahead of any major snow fall event. In addition to providing information on the plan, the city displayed some of its recently purchased snow removal vehicles that bolster the fleet.

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The winter weather plan focuses on snow removal practices that produce the best results through a systematic approach. The plan is a comprehensive proposal that provides snow removal service to all city streets during a snow fall event that may produce anywhere from 1 to 6 inches of snow. The following are highlights from that plan:

  • A total fleet size of:
    • 75 snow removal vehicles
    • 10 pick-up trucks equipped with plows
    • 13 road graders to be used as needed
  • 123 drivers to work three shifts during a snow fall event.
  • Priority on servicing main thoroughfares during snow fall then residential streets with a goal to service all streets within 48 hours after a snow fall event.
  • A systematic approach that services 52 main and secondary main thoroughfares and 292 residential subsections.
  • Automated Vehicle Locator or AVL installation on the current snow removal fleet.
  • 57,241 tons of salt on hand and 23,000 gallons of liquid de-icer.

During a snow and ice event, service is directed to the primary main/secondary thoroughfares. These routes will be serviced until the primaries are fair but passable allowing for service to the residential streets as soon as possible. About 8,000 residential streets are grouped into 292 subsections and snow removal vehicles move into these subsections after servicing the primary main/secondary thoroughfares. The city’s snow removal fleet can be deployed to service streets as needed during light snowfall or all streets during large scale snowfall events with goal of servicing all city streets 48-72 hours after the completion of the mains/secondaries.

When, and if, snow accumulation exceeds 2 inches or more, the City of Cleveland Director of Public Safety may enact a Snow Emergency Parking Ban. 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.

Read the Snow Emergency Parking Ban policy here and see a list of streets that have posted signage.

Residents are encouraged to report all snow and ice issues to (216) 664-2510.

City of Cleveland Recreation Centers Serve After School Meals

City of Cleveland recreation centers are currently serving after-school meals to children ages five through eighteen at all locations. Meals will be served Monday through Friday while the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) is in session as well as during winter and spring breaks and during declared school snow days when students are not required to attend class due to inclement weather.

web-img_9331A typical meal includes a meat, vegetable and/or a fruit, grain, and milk prepared by a food service company in compliance with Ohio Department of Education (ODE) guidelines and served by recreation center staff.

The after school meals program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, administered by ODE, and sponsored by the Children’s Hunger Alliance. There is no cost to families for participating in this program.

Parents and guardians will receive program participation packets and will be asked to provide the name, date of birth and the allergy needs of their participating students.  Families are urged to contact their local recreation centers for specific serving times as well as for information regarding students who are enrolled in school yet younger than five and older than eighteen.


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Municipal Lot Tailgating Rules and Regulations

Municipal Parking Lot Tailgating Rules and Regulations

The following is the full list of rules and regulations for tailgating activities in the municipal lot for all 2016 Cleveland Browns home games. The list of rules and regulations will be distributed to all vehicles upon entering the lot as well as posted on various signs.


1. No open pit fires
2. Propane grills only (No charcoal)
3. No alcohol
4. Saving spaces prohibited
5. You will be charged for all parking spaces that you occupy
6. No in & out privileges
7. All litter must be dispensed in trash containers
8. Vandalism of any type will not be tolerated
9. Crossing the shoreway is prohibited
10. No private latrines.

Violation of these rules may result in fines and ejection from the premises. Additionally, below are answers to other common questions and information concerning tailgating activities in the lot:

Lot Operation and Fees 

This Thursday, August 18th, the eastern portion of the lot will open at 10:00 a.m. for gameday vehicles while the western portion of the lot will not be open to gameday parking until 5:00 p.m. No large vehicles (motorhomes, RVs, buses, etc.) will be allowed in the previously mentioned lots before designated start times. The municipal lot opens promptly at 7:00 am for all regular and pre-season season weekend home games. The fee to park in the municipal lot is $25 dollars. You will be charged for all spaces that you occupy. Cleveland Police will not permit vehicles to line-up or stage on the Shoreway before game time.


Alcohol and Safety 

Open containers, consumption of alcohol, and public intoxication are all prohibited inside the municipal lot. If you plan to consume alcohol during any sporting event, always ensure that you have a designated driver. Please exercise caution at all times and if you see something, please say something.


There will be 50 portable restrooms, 75 trash cans and 3 dumpsters in the lot during all regular season games. Private latrines are strictly prohibited. Please make sure all trash is disposed of properly before you leave any lot.


Parking restrictions are put in place in downtown Cleveland for each Browns home football game – typically for three hours before each game and until two hours after the game’s completion. Look for signs attached to posts, poles and parking meters in those areas affected by the restrictions. Violators will be ticketed and towed if parked in violation. All associated fines and fees to have an automobile released must be done at the One Stop Vehicle Impound Center located at 3040 Quigley Road.



Residential Waste Collection of Storm Debris

The City of Cleveland Division of Waste Collection and Disposal has released the following rules for residential waste collection of storm debris.


Beginning Monday August 15th, Cleveland residents may place bundled tree limbs and branches in 4ft sections on their tree lawn for waste collection. This will occur only on regular scheduled waste collection days.

Residents are reminded that the City of Cleveland is responsible for tree lawn (street trees) only.


Cleveland’s Public Square Renovated and Reopened to the Public

Cleveland’s Public Square is once again open to the public. It has been closed since the reconstruction began in March 2015. The new design by internationally renowned landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations, has transformed The Square from four separate quadrants into a unified public space in the heart of Downtown Cleveland.

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The Square is a welcoming space that invites people in, encourages them to stay and will be used throughout the year for a wide range of programs and events.

The Square includes pedestrian pathways, green spaces for concerts and events, areas to sit and lounge, a café, a new public restroom and a water feature, which was ceremonially activated during today’s rededication.

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument remains as an integral feature of the park and will become more accessible to the public.

“The new Public Square moves us closer to a pedestrian, cycling, and public transportation friendly downtown,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “It would not have happened without the support of the public, private, and philanthropic communities, or the vision of Tony Coyne and the Group Plan Commission.”

On April 30, 2010, Mayor Jackson met with Cleveland City Planning Commission Chairman, Anthony “Tony” Coyne, who proposed a renewed Group Plan Commission based on the original 1903 Group Plan for Cleveland’s malls and adjoining buildings. Mayor Jackson agreed and appointed the Group Plan Commission members in June of  2010. He charged the Commission with improving public spaces and connecting nearby projects such as Flats East Bank, the new casino, the new convention center, and the Global Center for Health Innovation. By May of  2011, The Commission presented a bold vision for Public Square, the Malls, and the lakefront.

Since tasked, the non-profit Group Plan Commission has been working in partnership with the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, along with other stakeholders, to finance and deliver this project.

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After viewing public spaces during trade missions to European cities—Paris and Rouen, France, Vicenza, Italy, and Lubijana, Slovenia—Mayor Jackson urged Commission Chair Coyne to think boldly about a unified Public Square achieved by closure of Ontario Street and a less intensive Superior Avenue crossing.

By April, 2013, the Commission and its landscape architect James Corner had proposed the design for Public Square that you see today.

While the on-time completion of the $50-million reconstruction of Public Square is a milestone for the GPC, and its civic partners, LAND Studio, the Downtown Cleveland Alliance, and the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the GPC is looking forward to how The Square will be used by Clevelanders and visitors.

“As excited as we are to have people come and experience the world-class design and craftsmanship that went into the transformation of Public Square, we are equally focused on how The Square will be maintained and programmed for years to come,” said Anthony Coyne, GPC Chairman. “GPC’s focus on ensuring that The Square will be used by the whole community was an important driver of Public Square’s transformation.”

The Group Plan Commission has formed a partnership with the City of Cleveland to help take care of and activate The Square with a variety of year-round programming, and has brought on Sanaa Julien as a loaned executive from the Cleveland Metroparks to serve as CEO for Programming and Operations.

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