CLEVELAND - Since Oct. 2008, the Euclid Corridor Transportation Project, now known as the Healthline, has reportedly been a key reason for nearly $6 billion in new Cleveland downtown development.
But in recent months, the 6.8-mile stretch of Euclid Avenue hasn't been looking all that healthy.
Cleveland city road crews have been busy tearing out large 10-by-20 foot sections of the relatively new pavement so it can be replaced due to serious road deterioration.
Crews are working on replacing dozens of patches along the Healthline, causing detours for thousands of motorists and cyclists who use the road and bike lanes everyday.
Bike rider Joseph Nikstenas is stunned pavement that is less than six years old now has be replaced, and he's wondering if city tax dollars are footing the repair bill.
"To be able to ride this road, it was such an awesome thing to start with, this whole corridor project," said Nikstenas. "But now to see it torn up, and you can't even go ride through it cause it's detoured, it just doesn't make any sense."
All the construction is also hurting a number of Euclid Avenue businesses like the Coffee Bean Cafe. Cafe manager Mary Dowdell reports her business is down 20 percent and she's already had to lay off one employee.
"Business has been down I don't think people want to walk through construction to get here," explained Dowdell. "Especially on a hot day when it's all dusty. People just don't want to deal with it."
Dowdell told NewsChannel5 that she's been trying to get some answers to questions she has about the repair project.
She wonders what went wrong with the pavement, and how long will the repairs will slow down her business.
"We're trying to figure out how long it's going to be going on," said Dowdell. "Right now we're running 10 percent off during construction because nobody wants to deal with it. The problem is we don't know how long we have to run 10 percent off."
NewsChannel5 contacted the Cleveland Mayor's Office and the city department of development to get some answers. NewsChannel5 and newsnet5.com will follow up on this case.
Meanwhile, Nikstenas is wondering if the contractor that installed that section of the Euclid Corridor can be held liable for poor pavement quality, and if not, why didn't the city get a better guarantee?
"As long as the contract is written up that way, why don't they put those stipulations in?" said Nikstenas. "It just makes good sense to have that type of guarantee, or at least get it done right the first time."
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