About the Study: Franklin Boulevard is an important neighborhood street for the residents, schools, institutions, and businesses that use it every day. The Franklin Boulevard Traffic Calming Study is being led by the City of Cleveland and NOACA, alongside the neighborhoods of Ohio City and Detroit-Shoreway. The study seeks to identify ways to make Franklin Boulevard safer and more desirable for pedestrians and bicyclists.  Learn more in the video clip below:

City of Cleveland Temporary Demonstration: Traffic Diverters

Traffic diverters were presented as a potential improvement option at the March 6 public meeting.  Diverters are particularly suited to encourage pass through traffic to use more appropriate arterial roads such as Detroit Ave., Lorain Ave., and the Shoreway. However, many specific concerns were expressed about traffic diverters at the last public meeting. Because of these concerns, and because the idea of a “traffic diverter” is somewhat new to area, beginning on July 24, the City of Cleveland will conduct a three-week temporary demonstration of one of the traffic calming alternatives proposed in the planning process: traffic diverters. Diverters will be installed for eastbound traffic at the intersections of Franklin and West 85th Street and Franklin and W. 65th Street, and for westbound traffic at Franklin and West 54th Street through August 10.

3-Week Traffic Calming Demonstration Configuration

Traffic Diverters  
The project team will measure the impacts to traffic speed and volumes during the 3-week installation to determine the effectiveness of the diverters and to understand the potential changes in traffic patterns on adjacent local streets.  Public engagement will continue during and after the temporary demonstration and will be an integral part of the final recommendations for the study.  Additional information about the demonstration is available in the FAQ document.

The project team is interested in feedback about the diverters. There are several ways to engage:

  • Attend on-site Q&A sessions at the corner of Franklin and West 65th Street. 
    • Saturday, July 28 from 2-4 p.m.
    • Tuesday, July 31 from 4-6 p.m.
  • Call 216.816.1512 and leave a voicemail with your comments. 
  • Take a survey, available online and on paper (at Detroit Shoreway CDO’s office at 6516 Detroit Ave.) beginning August 6. 
For questions about the demonstration portion of the planning process, please contact Calley Mersmann, Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, City Planning Commission, at

or 216.664.2952.

Public and Stakeholder Engagement History: To effectively create a plan that advances the community’s vision and addresses the identified needs for this project, community involvement is an important component.

The public has been engaged in several important ways during this process. First, a public meeting was held on October 11, 2017 in order to identify and discuss issues and concerns along the Franklin Blvd. corridor and to get feedback on potential improvement options. Forty-five people signed in as attending this meeting. After this public meeting, an online survey was posted and promoted to gather additional detailed feedback, and for those unable to attend the public meeting.  View the presentation from the meeting.

A second public meeting was held on March 6, 2018 to present specific improvement options and alternatives for comment and discussion. 80 people signed in as attending and we had a standing room-only crowd. After a presentation, attendees were asked to provide input and feedback on the proposed improvement options using sticker dots on posters, and the results of this exercise can be viewed at the links below:

  • View the public input posters
  • View the presentation from the meeting
  • View proposed improvements for Franklin Boulevard (low-res, 8 MB)
  • View proposed improvements for Franklin Boulevard (high-res, 42 MB)
  • View the Summary of Options

The first public meeting was promoted with flyers, emails, and social media posts. Leading up to the second public meeting post-cards were mailed out to neighborhood residents from Bridge to Detroit between 25th St. and 85th St., yard signs promoting the meeting were set up, and the meeting was promoted via email and social media.

Stakeholder Committee Members: A neighborhood Stakeholder Committee was formed in order to gather feedback on project goals and objectives, develop, discuss, and evaluate alternatives, and discuss public issues and concerns. The Stakeholder Committee is comprised of key decision-makers for the project, representatives of neighborhood and technical/advocacy groups, and individual residents and business owners. The Stakeholder Committee has met three times.

Name Organization
Alex Baca  Resident
Alex Budin
Resident, business owner
Adam Davenport Detroit-Shoreway
Michael Hudecek
Jayme Jamison
Jason Kuhn Bike Cleveland
Whitnye Long Jones
Ohio City Inc.
Calley Mersmann Resident/Safe Routes to School/City Planning
Angie Schmitt
Ashley Shaw Ohio City Inc.
Ashley Taseff
Molly Toussant
Principal, Near West Intergenerational School
Jacob Van Sickle Bike Cleveland
Casandra Vasu
Fred Collier Jr.
Director, City Planning
Marka Fields Neighborhood Planner, City Planning
Matt Gray Mayor's Office of Sustainability
Rob Mavec City of Cleveland Traffic Engineering
Kerry McCormack Councilman, Ward 3
Matt Zone
Councilman, Ward 15
Andrew Stahlke  NOACA
Melissa Thompson


Media Articles about the Project:

What's Next?? A public meeting will be scheduled for mid- to late summer to discuss recommendations and a proposed implementation plan.  The entire study should be complete by the end of summer 2018.

Contact: Mike Kubek, Transportation Systems Planning Manager, 216.241.2414, or
Last updated: 7/13/2018 2:35:00 PM