Two proposed Cuyahoga County road projects to include bike, walking trails


Courtney Astolfi - Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland (TNS)



CLEVELAND, Ohio — Two proposed Cuyahoga County projects will include bike and pedestrian paths as part of County Executive Armond Budish’s greenway plan, aimed at linking more neighborhoods into the county’s network of trails and parks.

Plans include adding bike lanes to Dunham and Tinkers Creek roads in Maple Heights and Walton Hills, and adding a multi-use trail to the Mastick Road bridge in Fairview Park, according to a news release.

“My vision with the Greenway Plan is to encourage healthier lifestyles, boost property values, improve storm water capture and reduce carbon emissions,” Budish said in the release.

Both projects, amounting to a combined $6 million cost to the county, were introduced Tuesday to County Council for consideration.

Here’s a look at each project.

Dunham Road and Tinkers Creek Road

The county would contribute $1.9 million to rehabilitate a 1.25 mile-stretch of Dunham Road, from Tinkers Creek Road to Mendota Avenue, as well as Tinkers Creek Road from the Walton Hills line to Dunham Road.

The roads would be widened by four feet, and would include bike lanes in both directions.

The project would link Metroparks’ Dunham Road Park in Maple Heights to the Metroparks Bedford Reservation in Walton Hills, where no trail now exists that connects the two parks.

Construction is expected to begin this summer.

The total price tag is a little over $3 million. Maple Heights would contribute about $460,000 and Walton Hills would contribute about $700,000.

Mastick Road bridge

The county would pay Kokosing Construction Company $4.1 million to rehabilitate the Mastick Road bridge, between Valley Parkway and Eaton Road in Fairview Park.

The bridge would include a multi-use path that the county expects to eventually connect to a planned path along Mastick Road.

The bridge is intended to create a safer connection between nearby neighborhoods and the Metroparks, the release said.

Construction would begin in early February and is expected to be complete in July 2021.

The project would be the final step in county work on Mastick Road dating to 2015. Previous work included an emergency repair to a culvert, and two phases of resurfacing.

Fairview Park and North Olmsted contributed to the previous work.

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Courtney Astolfi

Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland (TNS)

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