Community Confluence is a joint effort between County Planning, the City of Lakewood, the City of Rocky River, Cleveland Metroparks, and NOACA to improve pedestrian and bicycle access, circulation, safety, and wayfinding across the Clifton Boulevard, Detroit Road, and Hilliard Boulevard bridges and better connect to the surrounding neighborhoods and the Metroparks Rocky River Reservation.
The three existing bridges (Clifton Boulevard, Detroit Road, and Hilliard Boulevard) that span the Rocky River valley between the communities of Lakewood and Rocky River currently have minimal accommodations for people traveling by bike or foot.
The result is a disconnected active transportation (pedestrian and bicycle) network between the two communities with limited access for all to the Rocky River Reservation. Connections to the Reservation are complicated by the steep topography of the valley; the study area includes 120’ cliffs in several locations.
This planning study is funded through the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency’s (NOACA) Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI); the consultant team includes OHM Advisors, Toole Design Group, Guide Studio, and Loukas Engineering.
The goals of the study include improving multimodal and active transportation access, circulation, safety, and wayfinding between the Rocky River Reservation and the Cities of Lakewood and Rocky River on these three existing bridges and surrounding neighborhoods. The study will further examine connections into the surrounding neighborhoods to maximize transportation links and facility usage.
The study will conduct an audit of existing GCRTA and bicycle/pedestrian facilities, as well as existing traffic patterns and road and bridge traffic capacities. The study will explore opportunities to improve safety and access for bicycle and pedestrian traffic by assessing the feasibility of infrastructure improvements such as road diets, buffered bicycle lanes, expanded all-purpose trails, improved crosswalks and pedestrian refuge islands, signalization, and lighting. The study area is currently served by GCRTA Bus Routes 25, 26, and 55, and recommendations for improved transit access and opportunities for site-specific Transit Waiting Environments and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) will be developed.
Wayfinding is another important component of this study, knowing that the Rocky River Reservation is one of Cleveland Metroparks most visited park areas, and that the study area includes neighborhoods and business districts in Lakewood and Rocky River. The study will use wayfinding to determine the most effective circulation into major entrances to Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation, the northern portion of which lies in the valley between the two communities at the intersection of Valley Parkway and Detroit Road, and into the neighborhoods and local business districts.
The Community Confluence planning process includes the following tasks.
Existing Conditions Discovery & Technical Analysis
The Consultant Team will conduct a thorough existing conditions analysis of the study area’s active transportation (AT) facilities and networks, along with other existing infrastructure to include: rights-of-way, roadway, and sidewalk widths; transit routes, stops, and waiting environments; crosswalks, signage, and signals.
Public engagement and education are an essential component of a successful planning process. A variety of Stakeholders and the general public will be engaged to incorporate public opinion into the final product. Due to COVID-19, the Consultant Team will employ a “virtual” approach to Community Workshops—through online presentations and surveys, to identify real and perceived issues and future needs.
Alternatives & Costs Development
The Consultant Team will develop network completion alternatives, an alternatives feasibility matrix, and corridor configuration options with signage & wayfinding recommendations and planning-level cost estimates.
Draft Recommendations & Implementations Plan
The Consultant Team will synthesize the existing conditions analysis and Community Workshop results and how they influenced the study, with best practices research, design guidance, and professional expertise into a set of infrastructure-based recommendations to improve active transportation in the study area.
Final Report & Plan Presentation
The Consultant Team will refine the draft Recommendations and Implementation Plan, and incorporate all research, analysis, and Community Workshop input into the Community Confluence TLCI Plan Final Report.
Questions or comments about the Community Confluence TLCI Plan should be directed to:
Mr. James Sonnhalter | Manager, Planning Services
Cuyahoga County Planning Commission