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21012 Hilliard Boulevard
Rocky River, Ohio 44116

(440) 331-0600

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Rocky River Updates

ROCKY RIVER UPDATE, September 22, 2017

James Umerley


Concern has been raised in the community about tree removals for construction projects.  We appreciate our residents’ concern and support about maintaining our tree lawn trees and tree health and safety.  The City of Rocky River will only remove tree lawn trees in a construction zone if an element of construction will impact tree’s main root system which is certain to cause mortality. The utilities that the City replaces, for instance new water main lines funded by the Cleveland Division of Water, must be placed in the public right of way which ends near the sidewalk.  When the trench to replace that utility connection would remove a major portion of a tree lawn tree root system – that tree will die and become a safety issue. Digging up a signification portion of the tree lawn tree root system does cause mortality to the tree and that will require the tree lawn tree to be removed.  If it does becomes clear that a tree lawn tree must be removed for a utility replacement, the homeowner will be notified.  If construction does not cause major impact on the tree lawn tree root system – it would not be removed.

The City of Rocky River has been a Tree City USA / Arbor Day Award recipient for 32 years and has planted 1,200 free tree lawn trees since 2005.  After every construction project it is our goal to plant new trees where construction removed trees.  At that time, the City also gives homeowners that had no tree lawn tree an opportunity to plant a new tree.  Our Arborist monitors the planting and staking of the new tree lawn trees and will attach water bags.  The Arborist continues to prune and monitor the tree lawn tree for its life time.  All tree lawn trees have a life-span that is shortened due to stress from proximity to impervious pavements, chemical lawn applications and pollution from the street.  Our City Arborist will assess your tree lawn tree if you have concerns about your tree lawn tree.  Visit theArborist’s Corner for facts about trees from our web site:  Please do not hesitate to contact the City if you have any questions at 440-331-0600.  Thank you for your care and support of our tree lawn trees! 



The fishing pier at Bradstreet’s Landing will be closed as of today, September 15, 2017.  The City will be making a thorough evaluation of the repair work needed and the pier will be closed indefinitely for safety reasons. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation while we further evaluate the pier’s infrastructure needs. 


Thank you for your patience as you travel in Rocky River as the following construction projects are ongoing or planned for the City of Rocky River during the 2017 construction season:


  • During September (2017) repair work for the Detroit Bridge (between Lakewood and Rocky River) will require one lane of traffic for east and westbound traffic. Please expect delays as the contractor will be working on repairs to the road and on various parts of the bridge.  The County’s contractor for this work is Great Lakes Construction.


  • PAVING: Asphalt paving for road surfaces has been completed on the following streets: Palmer, Buckingham, Morewood / Erie Alley, Smith Court, Stratford (west of Wagar) High Parkway.
  • Streets to be paved in the upcoming weeks are:
    • Wooster Parkway
    • Kensington Oval
    • Stratford (the section east of Wagar to Morewood)
    • Elmwood (from Lake to Avalon)
    • Orchard Grove (to Westmoor)
    • Erie (West from Elmwood through and including Whittlesay Lane)
    • And concrete repairs on Southbend Circle and Southbend Drive.


Concrete repairs are scheduled for the City Hall parking lot in front of the Municipal Court have commenced. There will be a slight change in the traffic pattern in front of the Police Division / Court house – also2 new stop signs will be added east of the Court entrance.   Milling and the asphalt process will begin the upcoming weeks in the parking area between the Civic Center and Court building.  During the milling and asphalt paving of the City Hall parking lot, our paper / cardboard bins will be temporarily moved to the Fire Department parking area.  All paving is weather dependent; however, we anticipate paving projects to be completed by mid-October.


  • Construction will continue on Lakeview towards Hilliard Boulevard. As work progresses into the intersection of Hilliard and Lakeview, delays can be expected. This work is anticipated to move towards the intersection the week of September 25th.  The City’s sewer replacement work is moving south along Lakeview and will move into the Hilliard Blvd. Please expect delays as this work continues.  As necessary, one-way detours will be put into place as follows: Hampton- northbound traffic only; Lakeview southbound traffic from Hilliard to Center Ridge and on Lakeview from Westway to Hilliard -northbound traffic only.  Lakeview / Hampton construction zone residents: please watch for flyers / notifications at your front door from the contractor regarding access to driveways, etc. throughout the construction project. 


  • Elmwood (north of the railroad tracks) Kenwood (west of Elmwood) and Parklawn (south of Lake Road) – Sewer Grouting Improvements: please expect equipment in the road as contractors will be grouting and sealing joints and connections in the sanitary sewer. No detours will be necessary and two way traffic will be accommodated; however, there may be traffic delays as equipment will be situated in the streets.  This work will continue through October, 2017.


  • Purnell and Laurel: Water Line Replacement: Cleveland Division of Water will fund the City’s replacement of water lines (this project requires 2 construction seasons). A section of water line on Laurel from Lakeview to Hampton will be replaced this year starting in September, 2017. The remaining water line on Purnell and Laurel will be replaced in 2018.  This construction may require one-way traffic zones to be put into place as necessary.  This water line project is developed, specified and funded by the Cleveland Division of Water. The project will be managed by the City of Rocky River. 


  • Shoreland / East Shoreland and Wooster Crosswalk / Pedestrian Signal Upgrade: Grant funded improvements for better pedestrian safety.  Anticipated construction start:  fall, 2017.