CLEVELAND--From a dream to reality: Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson joined with Ohio Governor John Kasich on Tuesday to talk about the Lakefront West Project.
Gov. Kasich announced that the state would be providing the necessary funding for the long-awaited project.
It will connect Cleveland's west side with the lakefront by creating connections along the West Shoreway between West Ave. and the Main Ave. Bridge.
Cleveland City Councilman Matt Zone said, "There is really three phases to this project. The first phase was dong the tunnels at Lake Avenue and the West 76th St. tunnel. Phase two is the West 73rd underpass. We're here now announcing that we found the money for phase three, which is redoing the Shoreway, tearing out the old asphalt, putting in a new roadway, with a tree-lined boulevard, with a multi-purpose path where people can cycle from West Blvd. to downtown."
Gov. Kasich pointed out that the project will be a huge economic opportunity, not just in terms of jobs, but also in terms of attracting more visitors to Cleveland.
The project will start in early 2015 and likely finish some time in 2016.
The total cost of the project will be around $72 million; $30 million will be provided by the state.