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Ground Breaking On Euclid Corridor Yesterday

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Decades in the making, ground finally was broken Tuesday on RTA's nearly $200 million project to rebuild Euclid Avenue, add landscaped medians and create bus-only lanes for faster travel.

"This could very well be one of the most important days for the city's future," said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta. "With this groundbreaking, this venerable thoroughfare begins its return to glory as the crown jewel of Cleveland."

When completed in late 2008, new extra-long buses designed to operate much like a rapid train will stop at stations from Public Square to East Cleveland.

Mineta said the project will trigger investment and lead to the creation of up to 32,000 jobs along the route. And he said it will speed travel for people going to work, to class at Case Western Reserve or Cleveland State universities or to places like Severance Hall.

Federal tax dollars will cover about 80 percent of the bill.

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That's great news for Cleveland, this project is right downtown? How many miles does it cover all together? Case Western is a good bit outside of downtown (5-7 miles to the Southeast if I remember correctly). Again more people should realize that the old "rust belt" cities are just as beautiful if not a tad more uniquely traditional then thier newer sunbelt cousins, now if we could just make that uniqueness shine thorough with more projects like these! :thumbsup:

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