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This article is about the sections of Route 2 and Route 283 in Cleveland and Bratenahl. For the full routes, see Ohio State Route 2 and Ohio State Route 283.
This article is about the sections of Interstate 90, US 6, and US 20 in Cleveland. For the full routes in Ohio, see Interstate 90 in Ohio, U.S. Route 6 in Ohio, and U.S. Route 20 in Ohio.

Cleveland Memorial Shoreway
Lake Erie Circle Tour
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Existed1930s–present
Component
highways
LECT entire route

SR 2 from Detroit-Shoreway to Bratenahl / North Colinwood line
US 6 / US 20 from Detroit-Shoreway to Ohio City
I-90 from Downtown to Bratenahl / North Colinwood line

SR 283 from Glenville to Bratenahl
Major junctions
West end US 6 / US 20 / SR 2 / LECT in Detroit-Shoreway
East end SR 283 / LECT in Bratenahl
Location
CountiesCuyahoga
Highway system

The Cleveland Memorial Shoreway (often shortened to "The Shoreway") is a limited-access freeway in Cleveland, Ohio. It closely follows the shore of Lake Erie and connects the east and west sides of Cleveland via the Main Avenue Bridge over the Cuyahoga River. The Cleveland neighborhood of Detroit-Shoreway is named after the two roads that form the northern border, the Shoreway and Detroit Avenue.

In 2016 the West Shoreway, the portion of the Shoreway from the Cuyahoga River westward, was named the "Governor Richard F. Celeste Shoreway".[1]

Route descriptionEdit

 
The Main Avenue Viaduct carries the Shoreway over the Cuyahoga River
 
Cleveland Memorial Shoreway in 2013

HistoryEdit

The Shoreway began as a 4-mile (6.4 km) roadway from East Ninth Street to East 55th Street built in 1930s using Works Progress Administration workers, and it served as access to the Great Lakes Exposition in 1936. It was the largest WPA project in the country. Within two years the roadway was extended to the Illuminating Company plant adjacent to Gordon Park, and it was opened for traffic in 1938, although planning delays prevented WPA from laying a second strip of pavement and building grade separations from side streets. After the completion of the Main Avenue Bridge in 1940, the highway was extended westward to Edgewater Park (since 2013 part of the Cleveland Metroparks Lakefront Reservation). The East Ninth Street interchange was also completed in 1940. The highway was extended to Bratenahl at East 140th Street in 1941. The roadway was envisioned as part of a larger system of high speed highways in the city. A West Shore Drive from Edgewater Park to Rocky River was planned, but further construction was interrupted by World War II. After the War, the previously unnamed highway became the Memorial Shoreway in honor of Cleveland's war veterans.

 
Cleveland Memorial Shoreway and the Lakeland Freeway: At left is the USGS topographic map showing the eastern terminus of the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway in 1953. At right is the same map area in 1963 showing the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway merging with the newly constructed Lakeland Freeway.

In 1944, the city and county planning departments and the state highway department developed a master plan for freeways[2] throughout the area. However, the only additional freeway built was the Willow Freeway. The Memorial Shoreway permitted crosstown traffic with some stops but was incomplete between East 55th Street and East 72nd Street. In 1953 a further addition connected the sections of Shoreway and widened the original highway to make it an 8-lane, nonstop freeway. The Interstate Highway Act in 1956 provided the funding to complete much of the freeway system planned in 1944. As part of this effort, the Memorial Shoreway was joined to the new Lakeland Freeway, which by 1963 stretched eastward toward Painesville.

2010s West Shoreway rebuildEdit

The Shoreway west of the Main Avenue Bridge was rebuilt in order to increase ease of access to Lake Erie.[3][4][5] Preliminary construction began in 2014;[4] the speed limit dropped to 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) early on in the project, then permanently to 35 miles per hour (56 km/h) on October 5, 2015;[6][7] the project as a whole was planned for completion in 2018.[8] The project replaced the median barrier with a landscaped median, and added a vehicular and pedestrian tunnel by Edgewater Park and a bicycle path; original plans to replace grade-separated interchanges with at-grade signalized intersections were dropped due to traffic flow concerns.[8]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmikmExit[9]

[10][11]

[12]
DestinationsNotes
CuyahogaCleveland     US 6 / US 20 / SR 2 / LECT westContinuation into Edgewater; western terminus of Cleveland Memorial Shoreway
Lake Avenue / West BoulevardWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
West 73rd StreetAccess to West 73rd Street opened December 12, 2015;[13]
exit formerly known as Edgewater Park, Whiskey Island
West 45th StreetEastbound exit and entrance; ramps being rebuilt[14]
West 49th StreetWestbound exit and entrance
193B    US 6 east / US 20 east to US 42
(West 25th Street)
Eastern end of US 6/US 20 concurrency; to SR 3 (unsigned); eastbound exit and westbound entrance; eastbound entrance in planning stages[14]
194West 28th Street – Flats WestWestbound exit and eastbound entrance; entrance to be closed to reroute entrance traffic via 45th.[14]
Main Avenue Bridge over the Cuyahoga River
194Lakeside Avenue / West 6th StreetEastbound exit and westbound entrance
195BWest 3rd StreetWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
195AEast 9th Street – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
City of Cleveland ParkingEastbound entrance; former exit removed after 1979[15]
195BCity of Cleveland ParkingEastbound exit and entrance, first exit
195ACity of Cleveland Parking – Amtrak StationEastbound exit and entrance, second exit
196B    I-90 west to I-71 / I-77 south – Toledo, ColumbusEastbound exit
196South Marginal RoadWestbound exit and entrance
    I-90 west to I-71 / I-77 south – Toledo, ColumbusWestern end of I-90 westbound concurrency; westbound exit from I-90 via exit 174B; eastbound and westbound entrance via eastbound I-90 from the Innerbelt
196CSouth Marginal RoadEastbound exit, exit follows SR 2 numbering
Western end of eastbound concurrency with I-90
175East 55th Street / Marginal RoadsExit numbers west of Dead Man's Curve follow I-90
176  SR 283 west (East 72nd Street)Western end of SR 283 concurrency
177Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Bratenahl178Eddy Road
   I-90 (Lakeland Freeway) / SR 2Eastern end of I-90 and SR 2 concurrencies; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; signed as exit 179 on I-90 / SR 2
   SR 283 east / LECT (Lakeshore Boulevard)Continuation into Bratenahl; eastern terminus of Cleveland Memorial Shoreway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ Ohio Revised Code 5534.53
  2. ^ Regional Association of Cleveland (1944-02-29). An Express Highway Plan for the Cleveland Metropolitan Area (Map). Reproduced in: Rose, William Ganson (1990) [Previously published in 1950]. Cleveland: The Making of a City. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press. p. 1019. ISBN 0873384288.
  3. ^ "Connecting Cleveland: The Waterfront District Plan". City of Cleveland City Planning Commission. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
  4. ^ a b "Cleveland Urban Core Projects: Lakefront West". Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2014-09-06.
  5. ^ Grant, Alison (2013-09-24). "West Shoreway Conversion to Boulevard with Lake Erie Access Gets Funding, Is Set to Begin in the Spring". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2013-09-25.
  6. ^ "Lakefront West: Speed Limit Change & Herman Ave Bridge to Reopen to 2-Way Traffic" (Press release). Ohio Department of Transportation District 12. 2015-09-29. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  7. ^ Grant, Alison (2015-06-06). "West Shoreway Speed Limit Drops to 35 mph in the Fall as Boulevard Conversion Begins". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2015-06-07.
  8. ^ a b Litt, Steven (2017-08-23). "West Shoreway $100M re-do brings benefits, but falls short of original vision". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  9. ^ "Ohio Highways: OH 2 Exit Guide". 2004-06-18. Archived from the original on 2004-06-18. Retrieved 2016-01-08.[self-published source]
  10. ^ "Ohio Highways: Interstate 90 Exit Guide". 2004-06-17. Archived from the original on 2004-06-17. Retrieved 2016-01-08.[self-published source]
  11. ^ "Ohio 2 East". www.roadfan.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-05-20.[self-published source]
  12. ^ "Ohio 2/Cleveland Memorial Shoreway West". www.roadfan.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-05-20.[self-published source]
  13. ^ Ohio Department of Transportation District 12 (2015-12-12). "West 73rd St Extension Opens link to Lake Erie on Cleveland's West Side" (Press release). Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2015-12-16.
  14. ^ a b c "Cleveland Lakefront West: West Shoreway Reconstruction & W 28th/W 45th Street Safety Improvements". Ohio Department of Transportation.
  15. ^ "Cleveland Historical Maps (1979)". peoplemaps.esri. Retrieved 2016-03-18.

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