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The Department of Transportation has awarded $950,000 to Cleveland Metroparks. The federal funding, part of the 'Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity' (RAISE) grants program, will help advance four transportation projects on Cleveland's East Side, according to the agency.
“We’re thrilled to advance these projects on Cleveland’s East Side that will have significant local and regional impacts on the region,” said Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian M. Zimmerman.
The four projects benefiting from the award are part of the Cuyahoga Greenway Plan which aims to expand multi-use trails and bikeways in the county to create more sustainable mobility options.
Funding will help plan and design 5.7 Miles of multi-use trails and bicycle connections in the area:
Slavic Village Downtown Connector Phase 2 North
Awarded funds for the full design of 2.2 miles of bicycle connection from E. 14th St. to the intersection of Broadway Ave. & Dille Ave. It will connect the Slavic Village neighborhood and completed Morgana Run Trail to the Towpath Trail through Cleveland Metroparks Washington and Ohio & Erie Canal reservations along with Downtown Cleveland. It will also connect to the all purpose trail built as part of ODOT's Innerbelt Project along Orange Ave. that connects to E. 14th St. and on to the E. 9th St. Extension.
Morgana Run-Booth Ave. Extension
Awarded funds for the full design of a 0.8 mile all purpose trail to link the completed Morgana Run Trail to the Mill Creek Falls area of Garfield Park Reservation. It will also connect to the Warner Road bike lanes and Mill Creek Connector Trail, as well as the future Slavic Village Downtown Connector via the Morgana Run Trail.
Iron Ct. to Opportunity Corridor
Awarded funds for feasibility-level planning a proposed 0.7 mile connection from the Western Terminus of Opportunity Corridor Trail at E. 55th to the Slavic Village Downtown Connector Trail near Iron Court/Broadway Area.
Euclid Creek Greenway Phase 2 North
Awarded funds for feasibility-level planning of a proposed two-mile bicycle connection between the lower Euclid Creek Reservation to its lakefront portion. The proposed connection would build on Cleveland Metroparks first phase of the Euclid Creek Greenway that will connect Euclid Creek Parkway to Euclid Avenue that will be constructed in 2022.
The $950,000 grant will support an overall $1.5 million budget from Cleveland Metroparks and the City of Cleveland.