From Saturday through Wednesday, Oct. 8-12, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will close the Cuyahoga River Viaduct for track maintenance. The viaduct carries Red Line passengers from the West 25th Street Rapid Station to Tower City. Replacement buses will transport all Red Line passengers between West 25th and Tower City for these five days, including Columbus Day. There are slight changes for some Blue/Green riders, see below.**
The work on the viaduct is not routine and trains cannot be single-tracked around construction. For safety of passengers and workers, the entire Viaduct must be closed during construction.
“Because the track is on top of the Viaduct, elevated above the Cuyahoga river, the location makes the work unique,” says Joe Calabrese, CEO and General Manager RTA. “Some of the track is hard to access, meaning an entire closure. We selected a weekend that included Columbus Day, which many of our customers have as a holiday, to limit inconvenience to customers. To ensure quality and integrity of the line, we want to complete the work before the snow flies.”
The replacement buses will operate between the West 25th Street Rapid Station, 2350 Lorain Ave., and Tower City, where buses will stop on the south side of West Prospect Avenue. This is only about 1.5 miles, but delays can be anticipated due to traffic and the large number of buses needed to carry each train-load of passengers.
**Blue/Green customers on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings only may be dropped off at an alternate location at Tower City. Please follow directions from RTA personnel and Transit Police to stairs and an elevator, holding 6-8 people. Afternoon trains are not affected.
RTA apologizes for this necessary inconvenience and asks customers to plan an extra 30 minutes for their commutes during this time, or to plan alternate transportation. Some ideas for alternates are:
Carpooling with friends.
Planning ahead with OhioRideShare , a carpool service sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA). After you register, you will receive a list of persons who want to carpool whose commuting needs are compatible with yours.
Using other RTA bus routes to get downtown, or one that already serves the area between West 25th Street and downtown.
Work will be done by Delta Railroad Construction Inc. , based in Ashtabula, including replacing track and a crossover section of the viaduct.
The 3,100-foot viaduct was built between 1929 and 1935. RTA acquired the bridge from the Cleveland Union Terminal (CUT) in 1988.