Officials celebrate Cleveland’s new Opportunity Corridor with ribbon cutting ceremony

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CLEVELAND (WJW) – State and local officials cut the ribbon on the new Opportunity Corridor on Cleveland’s east side Wednesday afternoon, although the area is still not entirely open to the public.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine was originally slated to attend, but canceled appearances after an exposure to COVID-19.

The Opportunity Corridor runs from East 55th Street at Interstate 490 to East 105th Street in University Circle. It’s intended to not only improve transportation, but promote economic development in the area. All three miles of the corridor are reportedly set to open late next week, after years in the making.

Grace Gallucci with Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) said prior to the ribbon cutting that “this started out as a highway project, but it is now so much more. The project makes a bold statement … to link assets and provide access.”

The project was managed by the Ohio Department of Transportation, the city of Cleveland, the Greater Cleveland Partnership Office and the Opportunity Corridor Partnership Office.

Watch the ribbon cutting below:

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