Both lanes of Inman Street will be closed Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., for maintenance on the railroad underpass. Signage will mark the truck route as the alternative around the underpass.
Eastbound motorists will be directed to turn right onto Edwards Street S.E., left onto 3rd Street S.E., across the tracks, left onto Linden Avenue S.E. and right onto Inman Street East.
Lanes under the railroad bridge will be closed while Cleveland Public Works Department trims vines and trees and Hume Painting pressure washes and paints the structure.
The work is a joint project between the city of Cleveland and Cleveland MainStreet.
MainStreet Executive Director Sharon Marr said the work is one of four projects in the works between the Village Green and the underpass. Three of the projects are part of the Downtown Master Plan unveiled in late 2003.
Architect Doug Caywood, Downtown Design Studio, said the bridge will be painted pearl gray. The goal is to cover the base color with a faux painting, possibly a stone pattern in a darker shade of gray or black depicting mortar joints and shadows.
The three other projects include partnering with Oasis convenience store owner Theresa Evans on an entry portal to downtown at Inman Street West and 1st Street N.W.; storefront improvements on Inman Street in early 2013; and replacing street light banners with a new color and design in March 2013.
MainStreet is funding the projects with income from events, grants, and member support. Marr said MainStreet has a capital budget of $25,000 for the four Inman Street projects.
“We appreciate the support of the members and sponsors of downtown events. Proceeds are used in revitalization efforts.” said Sharon Marr, executive director.
She said Evans was building a fountain on the west end of her property. MainStreet will build the sign and install landscaping and Evans will maintain the spot.
“The master plan calls for entry portals. She was doing it anyway and it just worked out,” Marr said.