Sep 10

The Opportunity Corridor, a $300 million transportation and economic development project, continues to take shape on the east side of Cleveland.  This three-mile boulevard is designed to serve as a catalyst for job creation and community investment in several east side neighborhoods by providing the foundation for the redevelopment of several hundred acres of underutilized land.  It will also improve access between the regional Interstate system and University Circle, where an estimated 80,000 Greater Clevelanders work and more than $14 billion in direct and indirect economic impact is generated annually.   

The initial phase of the Opportunity Corridor, which involved the widening of E. 105th Street, was completed late in 2017, while the first stretch of new roadway is currently under construction and slated for completion at the end of this year.  The balance of the project will begin construction this coming spring and is anticipated to be opened to traffic by the end of 2021.

Read more about the progress of Opportunity Corridor.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership has played an instrumental role in the Corridor’s planning and implementation going back nearly a decade.  In 2009, GCP, the City of Cleveland, and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) established a broad-based Opportunity Corridor Steering Committee to facilitate inclusive planning for the roadway and ensure economic benefits for the impacted neighborhoods.  This and continued advocacy efforts led to the Federal Highway Administration approval of the project and funding commitment by Governor John Kasich in 2013.  Construction began in 2015.

The GCP continues to work collaboratively with the City of Cleveland, ODOT, Team NEO, JobsOhio and numerous other public and private partners to support robust and inclusive economic development along the Opportunity Corridor through efforts focused on land assembly, site remediation, workforce development, infrastructure, and neighborhood planning.