Council hears transportation plan updates

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 3/1/18

Administrative assistant Brian Moran provided members of the Cleveland City Council with an update earlier this week of the city's transportation plans over the next 12 to 24 months.Moran's update …

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Administrative assistant Brian Moran provided members of the Cleveland City Council with an update earlier this week of the city's transportation plans over the next 12 to 24 months.

Moran's update was published in the city's newsletter, The Cleveland Connector, and focused on proposed projects to lessen traffic congestion and enhance traffic flow.

These were two of the major concerns of Cleveland residents during a survey campaign and series of community meetings last year.

Moran's work and research were praised by Council members, and City Manager Joe Fivas.

The study shows the city will be investing approximately $9.5 million in transportation projects, hoping to improve traffic flow throughout the city.

The project table below lists each of the proposed projects city staff have identified as being the best help to alleviate traffic problems. 

It also lists when the city anticipates it will take on each project:

• Georgetown Road/25th Street intersection — Summer of 2018;

• Peerless Road/25th Street intersection — Summer 2018;

• Norman Chapel Road/Adkisson Drive — Summer 2018;

• Mouse Creek Road/Paul Huff Parkway intersection — Fall of 2018;

• Peerless Connector — Fall 2018;

• Frontage Road Connector — Fall 2018;

• 20th Street and 17th Street sidewalk — Winter 2018;

• Central Avenue streetscape — Winter 2018;

• 20th Street bridge — Winter 2018;

• Dalton Pike sidewalk — Spring 2019;

• 25th Street streetscape — Spring 2019; and

• Adkisson Avenue roundabout at the CSCC entrance — Spring  2019.

In another update provided by Moran, he reported on the fact the city staff is actively engaging stakeholders on several downtown redevelopment projects.

Staff is working closely with WSP consultants, which is assisting the city with a development and design plan for redevelopment projects.

"This will help determine what is the highest and best use of buildings, where future buildings should be, and if we need more commercial, residential and/or industrial," said City Manager Joe Fivas.

City staff has worked closely with Council members and city residents to compile a list of potential projects. They include:

• Inman Street revitalization;

• Downtown economic revitalization and market study;

• Cherokee Hotel redevelopment;

• Whirlpool property initiative;

• University Square redevelopment area; and

• Taylor Spring Park and the Greenway connector to this section of downtown.

The report says one of the top priorities downtown is the Inman Street corridor, from Keith Street to East Street.

The city is currently working with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to allow the city to have control and access to some of the right of way needed for this project along the TDOT corridor.

Moran also had capsule reports on the city's Arbor Day partnership with Cleveland's two Rotary Clubs; last week's community meeting on the sidewalk projects around Mayfield Elementary School; and continued renovation work at Deer Park in the city's Historic District.

Cleveland and Bradley Sunrise Rotary clubs, along with the Parks and Recreation Department and City Forester Dan Hartman have scheduled a massive tree planting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 10.

The Arbor Day trees will be planted along the new Chastain Greenway Connector, from Keith Street to Tinsley Park. Additional trees will be planted at selected sites around the city, the trees being purchased by the two civic clubs.



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