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NOACA receives $9 million federal grant to stabilize Irishtown Bend

Post Date:07/24/2019 1:30 PM

CLEVELAND (Monday, July 22, 2019 ) – The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) learned today it has been awarded a $9 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT). The competitive INFRA (Infrastructure for Rebuilding America) grant will be used to rebuild the bulkheads and stabilize the hillside at Irishtown Bend.

Along the Irishtown Bend, the 60- to 70-year-old bulkheads that line the Cuyahoga River and support the hillside have deteriorated. Without improvements to the retaining wall, a disastrous collapse of the hillside into the river would block all movement in both directions, potentially impeding $3.5 billion worth of economic activity—not just in Cleveland, but across the American Heartland, threatening manufacturing and mining industries and all the jobs they support.

Grace Gallucci, Executive Director of NOACA, stated, “This $9.0 million grant award is fantastic news for the City of Cleveland, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, and our entire region, and is a testament to the collaboration of our local, state, and federal leaders. Locally, our leaders, guided by the NOACA Board, deemed the stabilization of the infrastructure at Irishtown Bend our highest regional priority, and the U.S. Department of Transportation was able to respond to the need due to the overwhelming support from our congressional delegation and our governor.”More details will follow. The official announcement will be made on Thursday, July 25, in Washington, D.C., by US DOT Secretary Elaine Chao.

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The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is a transportation and environmental planning agency that represents state, county, city, village, and township officials in Greater Cleveland. NOACA addresses the transportation, air quality, and water quality needs of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties. The agency and its partners cooperatively develop and implement plans to ensure that travel throughout the region is safe, cost-effective and environmentally sound.  NOACA’s vision is to STRENGTHEN regional cohesion, PRESERVE existing infrastructure, and BUILD a sustainable multimodal transportation system to SUPPORT economic development and ENHANCE quality of life in Northeast Ohio.

Media Contact: Danielle Render, Director of External Engagement & Public Affairs, 216-241-2414, ext. 253, or drender@mpo.noaca.org