Cleveland Memorial Shoreway

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This article is about the sections of Route 2 and Route 283 in Cleveland and Bratenahl. For the full routes, see Ohio State Route 2 and Ohio State Route 283.
This article is about the sections of Interstate 90, US 6, and US 20 in Cleveland. For the full routes in Ohio, see Interstate 90 in Ohio, U.S. Route 6 in Ohio, and U.S. Route 20 in Ohio.

Cleveland Memorial Shoreway
Lake Erie Circle Tour
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Existed: 1930s – present

LECT entire route

SR 2 from Detroit-Shoreway to Bratenahl / North Colinwood line
US 6 / US 20 from Detroit-Shoreway to Ohio City
I-90 from Downtown to Bratenahl / North Colinwood line

SR 283 from Glenville to Bratenahl
Major junctions
West end: US 6 / US 20 / SR 2 / LECT in Detroit-Shoreway
East end: SR 283 / LECT in Bratenahl
Counties: Cuyahoga
Highway system

The Cleveland Memorial Shoreway (often shortened to "The Shoreway") is a limited-access freeway in Cleveland, Ohio. It closely follows the shore of Lake Erie and connects the east and west sides of Cleveland via the Main Avenue Bridge over the Cuyahoga River. The Cleveland neighborhood of Detroit-Shoreway is named after the two roads that form the northern border, the Shoreway and Detroit Avenue.

In May 2016 the West Shoreway, the portion of the Shoreway from the Cuyahoga River westward, was named the "Governor Richard F. Celeste Shoreway".[1]

Route description[edit]

The Main Avenue Viaduct carries the Shoreway over the Cuyahoga River
Cleveland Memorial Shoreway in 2013


The Shoreway began as a 4-mile (6.4 km) roadway from East Ninth Street to East 55th Street built in 1930s using Works Progress Administration workers, and it served as access to the Great Lakes Exposition in 1936. It was the largest WPA project in the country. Within two years the roadway was extended to the Illuminating Company plant adjacent to Gordon Park, and it was opened for traffic in 1938, although planning delays prevented WPA from laying a second strip of pavement and building grade separations from side streets. After completion of the Main Avenue Bridge was completed in 1940, the highway was extended westward to Edgewater Park. The East Ninth Street interchange was also completed in 1940. The highway was extended to Bratenahl at East 140th Street in 1941. The roadway was envisioned as part of a larger system of high speed highways in the city. A West Shore Drive from Edgewater Park to Rocky River was planned, but further construction was interrupted by World War II. After the War, the previously unnamed highway became the Memorial Shoreway in honor of Cleveland's war veterans.

Cleveland Memorial Shoreway and the Lakeland Freeway: At left is the USGS topographic map showing the eastern terminus of the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway in 1953. At right is the same map area in 1963 showing the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway merging with the newly constructed Lakeland Freeway.

In 1944, the city and county planning departments and the state highway department developed a master plan for freeways throughout the area. However, the only additional freeway built was the Willow Freeway. The Memorial Shoreway permitted crosstown traffic with some stops but was incomplete between East 55th Street and East 72nd Street. In 1953 a further addition connected the sections of Shoreway and widened the original highway to make it an 8-lane, nonstop freeway. The Interstate Highway Act in 1956 provided the funding to complete much of the freeway system planned in 1944. As part of this effort, the Memorial Shoreway was joined to the new Lakeland Freeway, which by 1963 stretched eastward toward Painesville.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Exit[2]

[3] [4]

Destinations Notes
Cuyahoga Cleveland US 6 / US 20 / SR 2 / LECT west Continuation into Edgewater; western terminus of Cleveland Memorial Shoreway
Lake Avenue / West Boulevard Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
West 73rd Street Access to West 73rd Street opened December 12, 2015;[6]
exit formerly known as Edgewater Park, Whiskey Island
West 45th Street Eastbound exit and entrance; ramps being rebuilt[7]
West 49th Street Westbound exit and entrance
193B US 6 east / US 20 east to US 42
(West 25th Street)
Eastern end of US 6/US 20 concurrency; to SR 3 (unsigned); eastbound exit and westbound entrance; eastbound entrance in planning stages[7]
194 West 28th Street – Flats West Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; entrance to be closed to reroute entrance trafic via 45th.[7]
Main Avenue Bridge over the Cuyahoga River
194 Lakeside Avenue / West 6th Street Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
195B West 3rd Street Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
195A East 9th Street – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
City of Cleveland Parking Eastbound entrance; former exit removed after 1979[8]
195B City of Cleveland Parking Eastbound exit and entrance, first exit
195A City of Cleveland Parking – Amtrak Station Eastbound exit and entrance, second exit
196B I-90 west to I-71 / I-77 south – Toledo, Columbus Eastbound exit
196 South Marginal Road Westbound exit and entrance
I-90 west to I-71 / I-77 south – Toledo, Columbus Western end of I-90 westbound concurrency; westbound exit from I-90 via exit 174B; eastbound and westbound entrance via eastbound I-90 from the Innerbelt
196C South Marginal Road Eastbound exit, exit follows SR 2 numbering
Western end of eastbound concurrency with I-90
175 East 55th Street / Marginal Roads Exit numbers west of Dead Man's Curve follow I-90
176 SR 283 west (East 72nd Street) Western end of SR 283 concurrency
177 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Bratenahl 178 Eddy Road
I-90 (Lakeland Freeway) / SR 2 Eastern end of I-90 and SR 2 concurrencies; eastbound exit and westbound entrance; signed as exit 179 on I-90 / SR 2
SR 283 east / LECT (Lakeshore Boulevard) Continuation into Bratenahl; eastern terminus of Cleveland Memorial Shoreway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


The Shoreway west of the Main Avenue Bridge is in the process of being downgraded from a freeway to a surface street in order to increase ease of access to Lake Erie.[9][10][11] Preliminary construction began in 2014;[10] the speed limit dropped to 40 miles per hour (64 km/h) during the project, then permanently to 35 miles per hour (56 km/h) on October 5, 2015;[12] the project as a whole is planned for completion in December 2017.[13]

See also[edit]


Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ Skindell, Michael J. (2016-05-26). "NE Ohio Lawmakers Announce Naming Of The Governor Richard F. Celeste Shoreway" (Press release). Ohio Senate. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  2. ^ "Ohio Highways: OH 2 Exit Guide". 2004-06-18. Archived from the original on June 18, 2004. Retrieved 2016-01-08. 
  3. ^ "Ohio Highways: Interstate 90 Exit Guide". 2004-06-17. Archived from the original on June 17, 2004. Retrieved 2016-01-08. 
  4. ^ "Ohio 2 East". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  5. ^ "Ohio 2/Cleveland Memorial Shoreway West". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  6. ^ Ohio Department of Transportation District 12 (December 12, 2015). "West 73rd St Extension Opens link to Lake Erie on Cleveland's West Side" (Press release). Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c
  8. ^ "Cleveland Historical Maps (1979)". peoplemaps.esri. Retrieved March 18, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Connecting Cleveland: The Waterfront District Plan". City of Cleveland City Planning Commission. Retrieved 2011-06-28. 
  10. ^ a b "Cleveland Urban Core Projects: Lakefront West". Ohio Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2014-09-06. 
  11. ^ Grant, Alison (2013-09-24). "West Shoreway Conversion to Boulevard with Lake Erie Access Gets Funding, Is Set to Begin in the Spring". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  12. ^ "Lakefront West: Speed Limit Change & Herman Ave Bridge to Reopen to 2-Way Traffic" (Press release). Ohio Department of Transportation District 12. 2015-09-29. Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  13. ^ Grant, Alison (2015-06-06). "West Shoreway Speed Limit Drops to 35 mph in the Fall as Boulevard Conversion Begins". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2015-06-07. 

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