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Cleveland homeowners concerned about incomplete road safety lines

Posted at 9:44 PM, Nov 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-06 23:19:43-05

CLEVELAND — Homeowners living in the Scranton Road neighborhood are concerned about incomplete safety lines on the roadway after the relatively narrow thoroughfare was resurfaced just two months ago.

Lincoln Heights Block Club Chairman Henry Senyak pointed to missing no parking lines, missing bike lanes and crosswalks that can be found over sections of the one-and-a-half mile resurfacing project.

Senyak said residents and motorist are concerned the faint spray painted temporary lines aren't enough to keep the neighborhood safe.

He said the project is being administrated by the Ohio Department of Transportation, and said emails and phone calls to both ODOT and the City of Cleveland have generated little action.

“None of these are marked, so you have bikes sometimes in these lanes, you have people parking in them, you have people driving in them,” Senyak said.

“Where are the dedicated bike lanes supposed to be, where are the shared lanes supposed to be and all the signage necessary to make it happen and make it safe.”

Senayk also pointed to a busy Scranton Elementary School and its hundreds of young children walking along the partially marked highway as another potential safety risk.

News 5 contacted ODOT District 12 headquarters and they responded quickly to our story.

ODOT said it understands why residents are concerned and will order the resurfacing project general contractor to hire a new subcontractor to get the permanent safety lines painted-in as soon as possible.

“Now you have the hour time difference, it gets dark early," Senyak said.

"It’s going to get darker in the morning and people aren’t going to understand what’s going on here.”

“We need it done before the weather turns because somebody is going to get hurt."