Ohio City is Conducting a Traffic Calming Study on Franklin Boulevard

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click to enlarge Traffic Diverter locations down Franklin Boulevard - Courtesy of Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency
Courtesy of Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency
Traffic Diverter locations down Franklin Boulevard

In an attempt to improve the safety conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists on Franklin Boulevard in Ohio City, the City of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency have joined forces to lead the Franklin Boulevard traffic calming study.

Franklin Boulevard is home to residents, schools, institutions and a multitude of businesses alongside the neighborhoods of Ohio City and the Detroit-Shoreway, and it's also an area prone to excessive crashing, boasting more than 160 accidents in recent years and at least three deaths.

Beginning Tuesday, July 24, the City of Cleveland will conduct a three-week demonstration of traffic diverters, particularly suited to encourage pass through traffic to use more appropriate arterial roads such as Detroit Ave. (which is under construction), Lorain Ave. and the Shoreway.

Diverters will be installed for eastbound traffic at the intersections of Franklin and West 85th Street and Franklin and W. 65th Street, and for westbound traffic at Franklin and West 54th Street through August 10.

After the three-week installation, the project team will measure the impacts to traffic speed and traffic volume to determine the effectiveness of the diverters and analyze the potential changes in traffic patterns on adjacent streets.

The project team is actively encouraging public engagement during and after the temporary demonstration, as it will be an integral part of the final recommendations for the study. Citizens can participate and provide feedback by doing the following:
  • Attend on-site Q&A sessions at the corner of Franklin and West 65th Street on Saturday, July 28, from 2-4 p.m or Tuesday, July 31, from 4-6 p.m.
  • Call 216-816-1512 and leave a voicemail with your comments.
  • Take a survey, available online and on paper (at Detroit Shoreway CDO’s office at 6516 Detroit Ave.) beginning August 6.
For questions about the demonstration portion of the planning process, contact Calley Mersmann, Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator at the City Planning Commission, at [email protected] or 216-664-2952.

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