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Whiskey Island Connector, Wendy Park Bridge, and Redline Greenway all near estimated completion dates

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Posted at 8:00 AM, Mar 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-31 14:38:42-04

CLEVELAND — Projects totaling than $15 million worth of investments in multi-use paths across Cleveland’s west side are nearly completed, linking various communities.

Wendy Park Bridge

Cleveland Metroparks posted video of pieces of the Wendy Park Bridge being moved into place this week.

The 125-foot bridge will make it possible for pedestrians and cyclists to cross industrial railroad tracks and get to Wendy Park from the area near Lakeview Terrace in Ohio City.

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The partially-finished Wendy Park Bridge will eventually connect Ohio City to Wendy Park.

The bridge will make Wendy Park and the Coast Guard Station near it much easier to access. Wendy Park will be less than a mile from the corner of West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue with the bridge.

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Cleveland Metropark's Instagram story says the Wendy Park Bridge should be ready for cyclists and pedestrians by early summer.

Without the bridge, the trip would be nearly three miles to get to the same spot.

Whiskey Island Connector

Much of the Whiskey Island Connector trail is paved, with railings going up now, linking Edgewater Park to Wendy Park roughly a mile away along what used to be a narrow road.

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The Whiskey Island Connector trail is mostly paved with newly-installed railing along the path.

Now, brush along the road has been taken away, leaving space for a multi-use trail that links up with the Wendy Park Bridge.

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Much of the trail sits in what used to be growth along the side of the road.

The most amount of work still to be completed appears to be on the boardwalk and bridge near the turn by the NEORSD Westerly Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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Renderings show what the path will eventually look like near the wastewater treatment plant.

The project cost more than $3.6 million. Cleveland Metroparks says it’s still determining when that project will be opened.

Redline Greenway

Cleveland Metroparks tells News 5 the Redline Greenway still has some landscaping work to do in the next three weeks before announcing a date to officially open that trail.

RAW: Video of Redline Greenway bike path

It runs from the Michael Zone Recreation Center on Lorain and West 65th to where the Cuyahoga River meets Ohio City. It runs along Greater Cleveland RTA’s Red Line tracks on land that the train network no longer uses.

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The Redline Greenway trail sits behind a locked gate until it is officially opened for use.

That project costs more than $6.4 million and connects Gordon Square and Detroit Shoreway to Ohio City and Downtown Cleveland.

While not open yet, the Redline Greenway progress is just amazing to see! Can't wait for the fences to come down so we can bike/scoot/walk/run these sweet new ribbons of asphalt! Cleveland Metroparks

Posted by Bike Cleveland on Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Other connections

The Centennial Lake Link Trail is already in place, connecting the Redline Greenway with the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail along the Cuyahoga River.

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The completed projects will offer west-siders multiple options for commuting into Ohio City and Downtown Cleveland without a car and on mostly separate bike lanes and paths.

A new resurfacing project that’s already started along West 65th Street will create new bike lanes running north and south along that road, allowing cyclists to get from the Zone Recreation Center nearly all the way to Edgewater Park.

Between the West 65th resurfacing, Whiskey Island Connector, Wendy Park Bridge, Redline Greenway, and existing Lakefront Bikeway along the Shoreway, west siders will have three separate routes to travel to and from Ohio City and downtown Cleveland once they are all open.

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