Port study outlines $49M fix for Irishtown Bend that could enable Lake Link Trail, other projects

Published: 02/04/2015

The soggy, unstable slope on the city’s West Side known as Irishtown Bend has thwarted redevelopment along West 25th Street in Ohio City for decades over fears that a landslide there could erase roads and a major sewer line and possibly even block shipping on the Cuyahoga River.

The latest project that could be delayed or blocked is the Lake Link Trail, a 3-mile pathway that would edge the river at the base of Irishtown Bend to connect the 110-mile Towpath Trail to Lake Erie at Whiskey Island.

The trail project gained momentum with a $3.3 million federal grant awarded Jan. 23. But on Tuesday, an official of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority recommended that the trail – for which more than half of the estimated $15 million cost has been raised – should not be built until Irishtown Bend is fixed.

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