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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Cleveland officials are encouraged about future of West Shoreway project after meeting with ODOT officials


Cleveland officials are encouraged about future of West Shoreway project after meeting with ODOT officials

Published: Thursday, December 15, 2011, 5:00 PM     Updated: Friday, December 16, 2011, 9:07 AM

West Shoreway project supporters head to ColumbusWest Shoreway project supporters head to ColumbusCleveland Mayor Frank Jackson addresses supporters of the West Shoreway project as they boarded a bus to Columbus to meet with Ohio Department of Transportation officials today.Watch video
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A concerted, grass roots push to land more money for the West Shoreway project has clearly caught the ear of state transportation officials.
Whether that means the city will land some or all of the $28.2 million it seeks to convert the 55 mph shoreway to a 35 mph boulevard remains to be seen.
But Jerry Wray, director of the Ohio Department of Transporation,  told a busload of city officials, residents and bicycling advocates who traveled to Columbus Thursday that they should keep their voices raised.
"You're doing what you should do," Wray said, adding that ODOT officials "will help in whatever we can to get this (project) done."
City officials seem somewhat encouraged, after venting anger in recent weeks over the low score ODOT gave the project. ODOT and its Transportation Review Advisory Council must rank the phases of 72 big-ticket projects statewide and decide how to divvy up $100 million among them over the next four years.
The shoreway project received just 25 out of 100 points, well below the average project score of 43.8...

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