2021-2022 Lee Road Action Plan

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Existing Conditions and Background

Lee Road is a NOACA-designated priority bike route with connections to the Green and Blue Line rapid transit and the #40 and #14 RTA bus routes. Lee Road is a busy four-lane road that is absent of bicycle infrastructure and provides minimal connection with adjacent residential neighborhoods, bike routes, and parks. There is excess motor vehicle capacity, too much asphalt, no landscaping, inadequate pedestrian areas, and access challenges.

To the north, Lee Road connects to Cleveland Heights where there are three drive lanes and bike shoulders. To the south, the road connects to Cleveland at Scottsdale where it includes small, underutilized commercial buildings and lots, each with its own front-facing parking lot. The half-mile between Chagrin and Scottsdale has high commercial vacancies, tax delinquencies, and 45 driveway curb cuts. Underinvestment and disjointedness in the commercial district contrast with the strong sense of community in the nearby single- and two-family residential neighborhoods. 

In 2010, the City created the Economic Development Strategy/Strategic Investment Plan Update to enhance business activity and build a strong and sustainable economic future through policies that correct market imbalances and provide strong returns on investment.

In 2012, the City undertook the Lee Road Traffic Study & Corridor Plan to improve transportation access and circulation for all modes along Lee Road and improve the character of the commercial district south of Chagrin Road through streetscape enhancements.  This plan recommended lane reconfiguration along the entire Lee Road corridor from four lanes to two through lanes with a center turn lane, bike infrastructure along the entire corridor (north-bike shoulders, middle-sharrows, south-dedicated bike lanes), traffic signal improvements, targeted intersection reconfiguration, and pedestrian improvements. The plan also recommended further study to create a vision for the Lee Road corridor south of Chagrin Boulevard, including access management, shared parking, redevelopment strategies, marketing strategy, and improved neighborhood connections. 

Project Overview

This visionary reinvestment plan will improve connections along Lee Road from the northern residential neighborhoods through the southern civic and commercial areas. The Lee Road Action Plan will build on the recommendations of the Economic Development Strategy/Strategic Investment Plan Update and Lee Road Traffic Study & Corridor Plan, study the area south of Van Aken Boulevard and several blocks into the City of Cleveland, and will create the vision to comprehensively transform the area south of Chagrin Boulevard into a thriving corridor and commercial district that is attractive, walkable, bikeable, and transit-friendly.   It is a community-driven plan that, through robust community engagement, will provide detailed recommendations to address the longstanding need for transportation enhancements and corridor redevelopment, such as traffic calming, access management, neighborhood connections, pedestrian/bike amenities, urban design strategies, and economic development and facilities strategy.

Lee Road Buckets Diagram

Schedule

TIMEFRAMEDETAILS
June 2021City issued a Request for Proposals seeking qualified planning and urban design consultant teams to undertake the Lee Road Action Plan
July-August 2021Proposal review, interviews, consultant selection, City approval and legislation
September 2021Contracting with WSP USA to undertake Lee Road Action Plan. Cuyahoga County undertakes Lee Road Crash Analysis
October-December 2021WSP USA and City collect background data and begin economic analysis
January 2022Public engagement process begins


What Comes After the Plan is Completed?

The Lee Road Action Plan will be used to support businesses, business owners, and property owners as well as bolster grant applications for physical improvements such as road reconfiguration, pedestrian and bike improvements, and signalization.  Once funding is received, plan recommendations to change the physical street and streetscape will be engineered and constructed in the public realm. This first step to reconfigure and improve how Lee Road functions will set the table for future development and investment opportunities, which will be informed by the market analysis and community input provided during the planning process.

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Staff Contacts

Email Kara Hamley O'Donnell in the Planning Department.