Veterans Memorial Bridge Streetcar Level Revitalization Project Bolstered by $7 Million in Federal Funding

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Redevelopment plans include multi-modal transit access, paths for walking, biking, more parklike space


CUYAHOGA COUNTY  – The plan to redevelop and reengage the lower level of the iconic Veterans Memorial Bridge will receive a $7 million boost of federal funds. The joint project, led by Cuyahoga County, in partnership with the City of Cleveland and the Ohio Department of Transportation, aims to reimagine the underside of the historic landmark bridge, and transform the space to include two-way bicycle lanes, walking paths and more parklike space.

“This influx of federal dollars comes at a pivotal juncture, as we reimagine our overall transportation landscape, and the future of the iconic Veterans Memorial Bridge,” said Cuyahoga County Executive Chris Ronayne. “This plan, with support from national, state, county and city levels of government, will help us build a unique, versatile destination for residents and visitors.”

The funding, part of President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda, which comes from programming grants associated with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act, will build upon the 2013 federally funded planning study overseeing the concept and vision of the project. The planning study will analyze the impact the project could have on surrounding residents, neighborhoods, and businesses, and assist with the execution of a concept and vision that advance engineering and design ideas.

“When you step onto the Veterans Memorial Bridge, you are actually walking on a piece of our history, and it’s easy to see how this redesign is such an incredible opportunity to showcase the past and future of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County,” said Executive Chris Ronayne. “The vision for the new space includes a transportation infrastructure that caters to various modes of transportation, and links visitors to green spaces and breathtaking views of the Cuyahoga River, Lake Erie, downtown Cleveland and the future Irishtown Bend Park.”