Project is underway to improve safety at busy CH intersection
Cyclists, pedestrians and motorists traveling between Cleveland Heights and University Circle will no longer need to navigate the daunting sea of asphalt and confusing traffic movements at the intersection of Edgehill and Overlook roads.
Construction is now underway to transform the excessively wide intersection into one that is safer for all travelers.
"The official completion date of the project is July 1," said project manager Joe Kickel. Access to properties will be maintained, with minimum impact to pedestrian and vehicular traffic anticipated.
According to Cleveland Heights Planning Director Richard Wong, by removing excess pavement the project will shorten crosswalks, add landscaping, create two bioretention areas (rain gardens that hold stormwater), and tighten turning radii to improve traffic safety.
The project will also add a bus stop on Overlook Road, southbound.
The project is consistent with the “Complete and Green Streets” policy that Cleveland Heights adopted in July 2018. Cleveland-based City Architecture designed the streetscape plan for the intersection.
Funding for the project comes from the city of Cleveland Heights and the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency's Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative.
The city advises travelers to use caution when driving through the work zone and to direct questions to the Office of Capital Projects at 216-291-2470.
Robert Brown is city planner with 40 years of experience, including nine years as Cleveland's City Planning Director. A resident of Cleveland Heights for more than 40 years, Brown is a member of the FutureHeights Board of Directors.