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Cleveland road that provides critical access to the city's tourist attractions plagued by potholes

Posted at 10:53 PM, Feb 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-28 05:53:00-05

Cleveland's Erieside Avenue is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Great Lakes Science Center, and Cleveland Browns Stadium, but it's also home to a growing number of potholes.

The stretch of roadway is less than a mile long, but provides critical access to three of Cleveland's key tourist attractions.

Northeast Ohio roadway advocate Robert Corillio told News 5 the Cleveland Department of Public Works has installed nothing but ban-aids on Erieside Avenue over the past three years.

Corillio pointed to what he called poor patching attempts on the roadway, and he believes it's critical the city resurface the street as soon as possible.

"This is a joke, I mean you come here and look at this, this is a joke," said Corillio.

"We talked about redesigning the lakefront, and we can't maintain what we already have."

"You want to be taken seriously as a major market, a major city or metro area that wants to attract visitors, major conventions and everything else under the sun.  It might help if you start looking like one."

Corillio said he and other residents have made phone calls and sent emails to the city, hoping to get some answers as when Erieside Avenue will be resurfaced, but he said they weren't given a response.

News 5 contacted the Cleveland Mayor's office, but we were told the city still doesn't have a 2018 resurfacing plan in place.

The city told News 5 it will take at least two more weeks before a plan will be under consideration.

Three days after we contacted the city about this issue, crews were on the scene filling the potholes with temporary patching material.

Then on Feb. 26 the city issued the following statement in response to our story:"

Erieside is being looked at.  There is no determination yet on repaving but we have it under consideration."

Corillio believes the city should have had a citywide resurfacing plan in place weeks ago, and maintains Erieside Avenue should be a top priority.

"First impressions are lasting ones," said Corrillio.  

"I hope the city gets the job done, and soon."