CLEVELAND – Driving Franklin Boulevard from West 25th Street to West 85th Street could be different in the fall of 2022, once a planned resurfacing project is completed.
The new road surface will connect to the existing Fulton Road and Franklin Boulevard roundabout, across from the newly constructed Dexter Apartments.
It is proposed to remove the traffic lights at Franklin Boulevard and West 32nd, West 38th, West 44th, West 45th, West 48th, West 54th, West 58th and West 74th streets.
New rectangular fast-flashing beacons could be installed just west of West 25th, West 57th and West 69th streets and high-visibility crosswalks will be installed at various locations along the boulevard.
Traffic circles are available for West 38th, West 45h, West 50th, West 54th, West 58th and West 74th streets.
At West 85th Street, the wide intersection is supposed to remove the “slip lane” that allows traffic to turn quickly east on Franklin at high speed.
Project design is expected to be completed in August 2021 and construction is expected to begin in April 2022. The project may be completed in fall 2022.
The estimated cost of the project is $ 3,286,800, of which $ 2,629,440 comes from federal funds. $ 657,360 is covered by the City Road and Bridge bonds.
The project would follow an ongoing resurfacing project along West 65th Street with an expected end date of spring 2022.
Frustration is nothing new
The high speeds, collisions and close calls on this stretch of road one block south of Detroit Avenue, connecting Ohio City and Detroit-Shoreway have long drawn the ire of residents.
Many residents agree that the speed limit of 35 miles per hour is too fast. Then-city council member Matt Zone told News 5 in 2018 that the process of changing that speed limit was getting caught up in bureaucracy. Speed limit is difficult because state law says Franklin’s speed limit is already the lowest allowed on a road for as long as it is.
In 2018, the City of Cleveland, the Northeastern Ohio Regional Coordinating Agency, and the Ohio City and Detroit Shoreway neighborhoods used traffic cones and barriers to mimic extended borders. , or even redirect traffic entirely onto Franklin Boulevard and onto better-built roads to handle more cars.
After this study was completed, feedback during question-and-answer sessions, a hotline and participating in the survey showed that 75% of the more than 500 respondents said they were “not on the line. all “interested in the fact that the hijackers are becoming permanent at West 54th Street and Franklin Boulevard. 74% felt the same about entertainers at 65th and Franklin, and 69% were not interested in entertainers at Franklin and West 85th Street, according to the city’s results.
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