Franklin Boulevard Traffic Calming Study

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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. View final Report

Previous Meetings:

Public Meeting #3, held November 13, 2018:  The NOACA project team presented final recommendations to calm traffic along Franklin Boulevard at a meeting held November 13, 2018, including a brief overview of the City of Cleveland's temporary traffic diverter demonstration.

Materials from the Meeting:

  • View the meeting presentation
  • View the Detail Recommendations poster
  • View the Summary of Recommendations posters
  • View the Temporary Diverter Demonstration Display Board

City of Cleveland Temporary Demonstration: Traffic Diverters

From July 24 through August 10, 2018, the City of Cleveland conducted a temporary demonstration of traffic diverters, or half-closures, at three intersections (W. 85th Street, W. 65th Street, and W. 54th Street) along Franklin Boulevard. The diverter demonstration was designed to gather data on one specific intervention option (traffic diversion) to inform the broader traffic calming planning process.

Click here to review results of this demonstration

 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
  • 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
Whitney 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 Transportation Planner, NOACA
Melissa Thompson
Transportation Engineer, NOACA 

Media Articles about the Project:

NOACA at 216.241.2414