LAKEWOOD, Ohio – With the $ 2.8 million pedestrian safety improvements in Detroit and Sloane scheduled to begin this spring, Lakewood recently accepted a $ 25,000 donation from Cleveland Metroparks, a partner on the project .
The money will help fund some of the work that will end up making cyclists, runners and hikers happy.
“It’s related to the Detroit Sloane Project,” said Lakewood City Engineer Mark K. Papke. “As you exit Valley Parkway, this is the trail section that will be added along the south side of Detroit Avenue. It connects the trail to a local business district. “
Lakewood City Council is expected to approve the Cleveland Metroparks donation soon, which will also enable garbage collection and snow removal on the proposed new all-purpose tarmac driveway along Detroit Avenue from Valley Parkway to Graber Drive.
“We are excited to partner with the City of Lakewood on the Detroit Connector Trail,” said Brian M. Zimmerman, CEO of Cleveland Metroparks.
“The project will improve bicycle and pedestrian safety, connect to transit, and better connect the Rocky River Reservation and Gateway to the Emerald Chain with the Lakewood neighborhoods and businesses.”
The Detroit Avenue project is currently a two lane eastbound road and involves reducing the street diet to one lane to accommodate the 10 foot wide path.
“I am grateful for Metroparks’ partnership in funding this project,” said Dan O’Malley, president of Lakewood City Council.
“It will improve access to the metroparks for Lakewood residents and also help improve our Detroit-Sloan intersection, which is Lakewood’s ‘front door’ from the west.”
For the major renovation of the Detroit and Sloane intersection, the western gateway to the city will receive infrastructure upgrades, including water pipe replacement and sewer improvements. The project also includes lighting components and paving stones.
The originally estimated $ 2.8 million project, expected to be completed in the fall and originally costing $ 2.5 million, also includes street design with a public art component.
The Cleveland Metroparks donation comes on top of a combined contribution from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) of $ 1.4 million.
“It’s exciting to have great partners with Cleveland Metroparks, NOACA and ODOT,” said Papke. “It will help improve our community and make it more accessible and drivable.
“The construction work is currently advertised. We hope to start construction in the next few months. “
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