Dec 3

The Opportunity Corridor – a $330 million boulevard currently under construction on the City of Cleveland’s east side – hit a significant milestone last Thursday with the official ribbon cutting and opening of the second phase of the project.  The $35 million Section 2 connects the southern end of E. 105th Street near Quincy Avenue to a new four-way intersection at E. 93rd Street just north of Woodland Avenue.  Though only a modest stretch of roadway, the complex project – led by the prime contractor Great Lakes Construction Company under the management of the Ohio Department of Transportation – involved the reconstruction of the E. 105th Street bridge over the RTA Red Line tracks, an extended platform and new head-house for RTA’s E. 105th/Quincy Rapid Station, new utility installation, and substantial land remediation efforts.

When completed in 2022, the three-mile boulevard will connect to the regional Interstate system from University Circle, where an estimated 80,000 Greater Clevelanders work and more than $14 billion in direct and indirect economic impact is generated annually.  More importantly, the project will provide enhanced access to several hundred acres of vacant and underutilized land and create the foundation for job creation and reinvestment in several east side neighborhoods.