The City of Rocky River was awarded a Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) grant through the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) to study traffic, parking, and pedestrian and bicycle movements in the vicinity of the Detroit Road corridor.
The project study area is within western Lakewood and eastern Rocky River in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. The limits extend along Lake Road from West Clifton Boulevard to Wagar Road and along Detroit Road between Wooster Road and Wagar Road for assessing traffic while the main study area for improvements to pedestrian, bicycle, and parking issues is focused along Detroit Road, between Lakeview Avenue and Old Detroit Road. There are traffic congestion and deficiencies in parking, pedestrian, and bicycle facilities within the residential and commercial district surrounding Detroit Road.
The purpose of this study was to assess existing conditions and determine improvements that can be made to better facilitate vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle movements/connections within the study area as well as identify opportunities for improved parking facilities. Additionally, the study assessed the feasibility of removing or repurposing the Marion Ramps from the study area and the resulting impacts of this change in traffic pattern within the study area, specifically along West Clifton Boulevard, Sloane Avenue, Linda Street, and nearby residential streets. Traffic counts and associated analysis of traffic volumes and signal operations were assessed to determine existing and future Level of Service (LOS) to use as the basis of the recommendations.
The Detroit Road Traffic, Parking Analysis, and Marion Ramp Feasibility Study was created during a multi-level community engagement program that consisted of civic leaders, a focus group of stakeholders, and the general public. The overall direction of the study was driven by the Rocky River community stakeholders. Their value came into play in guiding the development, providing input, assessing issues, and formulating decisions as the project progressed. In a series of workshops, the stakeholders provided feedback and suggestions while the AECOM team supplied the technical input, analysis, and best practices for the concept and recommendation process.
Recommendations for improvements are categorized as short, medium, and long term improvements to address the varying needs of the community. The study identifies various improvements and their ability to address the goals of improving pedestrian and bike linkages. It also provides an increase of opportunities for parking and creating a more walkable experience, while offering acceptable levels of traffic operations. The timeframe for the implementation of these alternatives is variable and dependent upon specific need and available funding.
A summary of the recommendations and their associated implementation schedule are as follows:
Short-term Improvements: (0 – 2) years
1. Resurface Detroit Road *
2. Upgrade various project signals to include protected left-turn movements
3. Revise signal timings for better vehicular and pedestrian operations
4. Add Sharrows and associated signage to Detroit Road
5. Improve parking by preparing a parking wayfinding plan to educate patrons
6. Place bicycle racks proximate to Detroit Road
7. Improve/sign bicycle connections at Eldora Road and Dorothy Avenue
Mid-term Improvements: (3 – 5) years
1. Provide pedestrian “bump outs” along Detroit Road and decorative crosswalks
2. Improve curb ramps at intersections
3. Provide mid-block pedestrian crossings with Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFB’s)
4. Reduce Clifton Avenue to one lane in each direction over bridge to provide bike lanes
Long-term Improvements: (5+) years
1. Remove the Marion Ramps, grade and provide basic landscape the areas adjacent to Lake Road
2. Re-route SR2 from Marion Ramp to coincide with US20 along West Clifton Boulevard and Sloane Avenue
3. Construct new Arundel Road intersection and connector road to Beach Cliff Blvd – including trail
4. Provide additional parking along Detroit and behind Beachcliff Market Square in area vacated by Marion Ramps
5. Connect Beachcliff area to the Linda Street Corridor
6. Construct a streetscape project that upgrades the existing signals along Detroit Road to new decorative mast arms with all new signal and pedestrian heads. Also, provide additional roadside amenities such as street trees, benches and trash receptacles.
7. Construct a pedestrian bridge spanning the Norfolk Southern (NS) railroad tracks
* Pavement resurfacing is part of the ODOT Urban Paving Program. Other roadway improvements can be undertaken with this mill/resurface project. Other items to be incorporated in the project are listed in the recommendations table above and costs associated with these items as well as other improvements, which can be implemented at the City’s discretion are provided in Appendix C. The costs are provided in a menu type format as they can be executed separately or in combination with other improvements.