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West Shoreway to become a tree-lined boulevard

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CLEVELAND -- The city's much-discussed plan to make West Shoreway a low-speed boulevard with landscaped medians will soon become a reality.

Money has been the big issue for Phase two.

On Tuesday, Governor John Kasich and Mayor Frank Jackson will announce funding to make it happen. They are scheduled to meet at Upper Edgewater Park in Cleveland at 12:30 p.m. 

About $50 million is needed to complete it.

Phase One included pedestrian tunnels connecting to the Lakefront.

In Phase Two, the speed limit on the West Shoreway will be reduced from 50 to 35 miles an hour.

The Ohio Department of Transportation's website states that the Lakefront West Project "...will connect Cleveland's West Side neighborhoods with the lakefront by building bike and pedestrian connections along the 2.5-mile West Shoreway, on the stretch between West Boulevard and the Main Avenue Bridge."

"It will increase access to Lake Erie, improve green space, increase development potential and simplify connections along the now-limited access Shoreway."

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