ODOT decided against providing a bike/pedestrian lane for the new span and was moving forward with the project until the governor stepped in. The highway agency cited cost, maintenance and user safety as a means to scratch the idea for the alternative transportation lane.
“But at the direction of the governor, we will take a renewed look,” Scott Varner, an ODOT spokesman, told Cleveland.com.
According to ODOT, $85 million in federal stimulus money has already been allocated for the project based on an environmental impact statement that did not include a bike lane. Any revisions to the plan now could put that federal money in jeopardy.