GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — About two miles upstream from Cuyahoga County’s tallest waterfall, Mill Creek zigzags under Broadway Avenue.
The ODOT (Ohio Department of Transportation) wants to remake two short, low bridges on Broadway and fight erosion in Mill Creek below.
The creek is one of the bigger waterways in eastern Cuyahoga, wending 12.2 miles and draining about 19 square miles.
The construction work is scheduled for 2020, but ODOT needs to invite public comment now under rules for parklands. Still, officials from ODOT, the Cleveland Metroparks, and Cleveland City Hall say the project won’t interfere with park habitats or activities. Construction vehicles will be stored and staged near the bridges.
The project requires ODOT to take over a fraction of an acre of nearby land and gain rights to two other fractions. At no charge, the department will get 4,212 square feet square from the park and gain easement rights to another 3,009. ODOT will also gain a temporary right of way to 1,203 square feet of land owned by Cleveland.
Crews hired by ODOT will replace the bridges’ railings, surfaces, and bases. They’ll also repair stream erosion and protect the banks with rocks.
The public may comment by May 5 to ODOT’s Mark Alan Carpenter, district environmental engineer, 550 Transportation Blvd., Garfield Heights, OH 44125.