River Infrastructure & Renewal
As a result in part of ancient geologic instability, the hillside between W. 25th Street and the Cuyahoga River continues an inexorable and decades-long slide into the river. The slippage increased significantly in recent years and led to closing of Riverbed Road because a stretch of the road split, with one lane falling several feet down the hillside. The slowly collapsing unstable hillside also threatens a major sewer line and has rendered much of a 31-acre land area nearly undevelopable. A sudden and catastrophic collapse that closes off the river to vessel traffic isn’t expected. But a solution must be developed soon. Engineering evaluations by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimated that repair costs – depending on the solution selected – could range from $80 million to $219 million.
The Port is not a landowner at Irishtown Bend. But because of the need to safeguard the river for maritime traffic, the Port is leading efforts to develop a solution – and one that doesn’t only stop the sliding but creates new opportunities for public access. The hillside provides striking views of the river and downtown skyline, and could become part of the Lake Link Trail connecting the Towpath to Wendy Park on the lakefront.