Community concerned about speeding, traffic lights and protected bike lanes ahead of completed Fulton Road rehab project

Posted at 10:47 AM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 10:51:09-04

CLEVELAND — While the start of construction on Phase 2 of the Fulton Road Rehabilitation Project gets closer, residents and local community groups are concerned over what will be the finished product on Phase 1.

After months of work on the stretch of Fulton Road from Clark Avenue to Lorain Avenue, the sound of car traffic before the road is even open sounds good to residents like Isaac Robb.

"Making this capital improvement was very welcome," said Robb.

Old pictures of the road show rough patches of potholes that would jostle cars and cyclists. The ride will be smoother now, but Robb and a handful of local residents tell News 5 they're worried cars will be able to pick up too much speed.

"Just standing here right now, there are posted speed limits, there are stop signs for pedestrians and people either don't see them or they're too busy and don't care to recognize them," said Robb.

Bike Cleveland created an online petition with concerns that the planned bike lanes won't have any physical barrier or plastic posts separating cars from cyclists.

You can read that petition here.

A city spokesperson tells News 5 the city will wait to address these kinds of issues with residents in person at a meeting Wednesday night.

Fulton Rd PHASE 2

"The improvements are welcomed whole-heartedly, but the devil is in the details and I don't know how well-received that's going to be with everyone," said Robb.