LORAIN, Ohio - There are a hundred traffic lights in the city of Lorain and now more than half of them could be coming down. Removing the stop signals would improve traffic flow and make it easier for people to get to Lorain's scenic waterfront.
"It shouldn't take people as long to drive from Route 2 and Broadway Avenue to the Lake as it does to drive from Lorain to Cleveland," said one city official Wednesday.
A recent study found half of the lights, especially many stop lights along Broadway Avenue and 28th Street, are not needed and should be removed.
Lorain is in the process of applying for a federal grant to help remove the lights and replace other lights with newer, smarter traffic signal technology.
Making it easier and quicker for travelers to exit Route 2 at Broadway and head north to Lake Erie could attract more tourists and businesses as Lorain looks to capitalize on its scenic long stretches of Lake Erie shoreline, according to Lorain Safety-Service Director Robert Fowler.
This September First Energy is expected to also remove several miles of high tension wires and large transformers along the lake shore.
The heavy thick power cables have been considered an eyesore for years by many residents.
Switching the power to another sub-station will allow the lines to be removed near Lake Erie beaches, waterfront and neighbors on Lorain's north coast.
City leaders hope all of these changes and more will continue to make Lorain's lakefront even more attractive to investors and new businesses.
The recent success of the Jet Express from Lorain's Black River Landing to trips to the islands, Horseshoe Casino, Browns and Indians games underscores the potential of Lorain's lakefront.