Day Drive Corridor Study
Purpose and Expectations
As cited in the City of Parma’s Strategic Master Plan (adopted June 2004), the number one concern of surveyed Parma residents is traffic congestion inside the City. Traffic congestion was identified by fifty-seven percent (57%) of the residents as an issue they disliked about living in Parma. An area of particular concern, as identified in the Master Plan and subject of this study is Day Drive between Ames Road and Ridge Road.
Day Drive provides access to Parmatown Mall to the north and access to multiple retail establishments to the south. In addition, the recent completion of the RTA Transit Center on the South Side of Day Drive has added to the mix of issues to be addressed, among which are the number of transit stops along Day Drive. In addition, the south side of Day Drive has a significant number of curb cuts to provide access to retail establishments.
Funded through a grant from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), together with matching funds from the City of Parma and area businesses and organizations, the Day Drive Corridor Enhancement Study will explore reducing curb cuts and the sharing of access drives by retail establishments along the south side of Day Drive between Ridge Road and Ames Road. In addition, pedestrian and transit access will be evaluated for improved safety and utilization.
The study is expected to identify properties along Day Drive where curb cuts can be eliminated and where shared access drives can be developed. It is also expected that a series of recommendations for improvements will be made, including, but not limited to transit loading/unloading areas; improvements in safety and the ability to locate/identify businesses for drivers; reduction in traffic congestion; improve pedestrian safety and increase pedestrian-friendly areas along Day Drive; and to improve the quality of the appearance of the corridor.
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