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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Opportunity Corridor Section 2 Complete, Now Has Official Street Signage

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 3:48 PM

click to enlarge Opportunity Corridor street signage at Quincy and E. 105th, (11/29/18). - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
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  • Opportunity Corridor street signage at Quincy and E. 105th, (11/29/18).

The once "so-called" Opportunity Corridor is now officially the Opportunity Corridor, thanks to the standard Cleveland street signs, blue with white lettering, now installed on a portion of the three-mile boulevard that will ultimately connect 1-490 to University Circle.

Two signs have been installed, one at the Corridor's intersection with E. 93rd and another at its intersection with Quincy. This is the Corridor's so-called "Section 2." It snakes behind the Juvenile Justice Center and includes a bike/pedestrian path and a median with plantings that will hopefully survive the winter. (It's the segment in blue below.)

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click to enlarge Opportunity Corridor, "Section 2," behind the juvenile justice center, (11/29/18). - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
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  • Opportunity Corridor, "Section 2," behind the juvenile justice center, (11/29/18).

Thursday afternoon, officials gathered on what may or may not still be known as E. 105th Street to celebrate the newly completed section, which also includes, on the North side of Quincy, a bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks. The bridge connects the completed E. 105th portion of the Corridor with Section 2. It should be officially open to vehicular traffic tomorrow.

Multiple public officials attended the ceremony, including representatives from ODOT, Mayor Frank Jackson, Ward 6 Councilman Blaine Griffin and RTA interim CEO Dr. Floun'say Caver. (The Quincy/105 Rapid stop is directly adjacent to the bridge and now has an expanded platform.)

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Frank Jackson, in brief comments, thanked Gov. John Kasich for staying true to his word and ensuring that a percentage of Cleveland contractors and minority businesses were used in the construction process.

He said that while there had been hiccups along the way, he was nevertheless still confident that the Opportunity Corridor would spur investments, jobs and real estate developments in historically forgotten neighborhoods and that these investments wouldn't have happened otherwise.

"We can make this road an example of how things operate in Cleveland," Jackson said, hands shoved in the pockets of his winter coat.

The third and final section of the Corridor is the longest. It'll connect I-490 to E. 93rd and will include two new pedestrian bridges, four new bridges located over the boulevard, six signalized intersections, new water mains, new major sanitary and storm sewers, plus new sidewalks and a multi-purpose path. The $151 million contract was awarded to Kokosing Construction Company. It's expected to open to traffic in fall 2021.

click to enlarge Opportunity Corridor at E. 93rd, (11/29/18). - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
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  • Opportunity Corridor at E. 93rd, (11/29/18).

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