Candies Lane project draws traffic concerns

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 6/12/19

Councilman Tom Cassada expressed concern during Monday's meeting of the Cleveland City Council that the upcoming Candies Lane drainage improvement project will worsen road congestion unless a plan is …

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Candies Lane project draws traffic concerns

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Councilman Tom Cassada expressed concern during Monday's meeting of the Cleveland City Council that the upcoming Candies Lane drainage improvement project will worsen road congestion unless a plan is formulated to facilitate traffic flow.

The Chattanooga-based engineering firm Stantec has been contracted by the city to design the roadway and bridge for the project. Currently, the city is seeking bids, which are to be received by June 18. They will then be presented to the City Council during its June 24 regularly scheduled meeting. The project is expected to start in July and be completed by November.

City Manager Joe Fivas said once the city has accepted bids, it would work with the contractors to develop options to determine the best plan to keep traffic moving through the area.

"We will need to lessen the impact on those neighborhoods," Fivas said. "Once we have a conversation with the contractor, there will have to be some analysis done."

Fivas also said once a bid is accepted, the city will request the contractor conduct operations during nights and weekends to lessen the impact on the area.

The project will raise portions of Candies Lane four feet at its lowest point to address flooding issues caused by Candies Creek that periodically makes the road impassable.

The section of road to be raised is located between Inverness Drive N.W. and Rolling Hills Drive N.W. Two 60-inch culverts will be replaced with larger precast culverts to accommodate water flow.

In addition, a bicycle-friendly, 8-foot-wide sidewalk will be built on the south side of Candies Lane, which will eventually connect to a greenway that will be constructed near Westmore Church of God’s new campus. The greenway project will be paid for by a private donation.

Thousands of vehicles travel Candies Lane each day, making it one of the busiest roadways in the city, with approximately 8,000 traveling on the road each day.

Cassada also said he wanted a plan developed to ensure area residents are informed about new traffic routes prior to the project launch.

"I don't want them to wake up in the morning and see a sign blocking them," Cassada said.


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