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
Wendy Park Bridge assembly continues! Cleveland Metroparks today installed the second of four 125 foot bridge sections of the future Wendy Park Bridge. Stay tuned for continued updates on the installation! @cleveLANDstudio @tpl_org @CuyahogaCounty @NOACA_MPO 👏 #TimeToExplore pic.twitter.com/BrSDS8Unp2— Cleveland Metroparks (@clevemetroparks) March 25, 2021
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.
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.
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.
Now, brush along the road has been taken away, leaving space for a multi-use trail that links up with the Wendy Park Bridge.
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.
The project cost more than $3.6 million. Cleveland Metroparks says it’s still determining when that project will be opened.
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.
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.
That project costs more than $6.4 million and connects Gordon Square and Detroit Shoreway to Ohio City and Downtown Cleveland.
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.
Have you ever noticed something interesting in Northeast Ohio and wondered, “Hey…what’s going on there?”
Us, too. We love learning more about what shapes the world around us -- the buildings, the spaces and the ways we move between them.
Next time you're wondering about some building, project or piece of land, send me an email at Kevin.Barry@wews.com and I'll look into it for a possible story.
Download the News 5 Cleveland app now for more stories from us, plus alerts on major news, the latest weather forecast, traffic information and much more. Download now on your Apple device here, and your Android device here.