Southern Moreland Traffic Calming

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Project Overview

The Southern Moreland Traffic Calming Project, completed in 2023, includes traffic calming measures in the southern Moreland neighborhood that address environmental inequities and positively impact residents by slowing automobiles, deterring cut-through traffic, improving pedestrian/bicyclist safety, reducing noise, decreasing stormwater run-off in a combined-sewer overflow area, providing opportunities for tree planting, improving tree canopy and mitigating the urban heat island effect, enhancing aesthetics, and improving the overall quality of life.

Pre-Existing Conditions

Due to its physical location and adjacency to high-traffic commercial roads, the Moreland neighborhood has endured speeding vehicles, excessive traffic volume, and cut-through traffic for over 20 years.  Scottsdale Boulevard and Chelton Road are residential streets that are popular cut-through routes to avoid Chagrin Boulevard, especially during rush hour. Eastbound Scottsdale Boulevard experienced over 2000 cars per day and southbound Chelton Road experienced over 600 cars per day.

When Chagrin eastbound was busy near Lee, drivers turned south on Chelton, then east on Scottsdale to get to Lee and travel southbound, thus cutting through the neighborhood and simultaneously avoiding multiple traffic signals (see traffic diagram).  

Community Engagement and Design

The traffic calming interventions were designed with the guidance of neighborhood residents over a year-long process. The project originated with residents who began discussing traffic and pedestrian safety in summer 2020. Residents conducted traffic counts and met regularly to discuss their observations. City speed data showed that more than 40% of the vehicles exceeded posted 25 MPH speed limits, often by 20 MPH or more.

Starting in fall 2020, City staff and Moreland residents discussed traffic and green infrastructure at five zoom meetings, one in-person traffic calming demonstration, and one in-person Neighbor Night.  City Planners also met with neighborhood residents to walk the neighborhood and observe traffic. The year-long engagement process energized the neighborhood about the positive effects of traffic calming and green infrastructure.

During zoom meetings, city planners and landscape architects shared potential traffic calming options, providing the opportunity for neighbors to share observations and input into the designs. Neighbors worked with City planners to assess multiple traffic calming treatments and determine the appropriate combination of improvements that would provide the best results. Specific improvements were reviewed and a combination of interventions were considered: speed tables, mini-roundabouts, decorative crosswalks, bump-outs, chicanes/ chokers with grass/landscaping, trees, and high-visibility signage/pavement markings. Meeting attendees and online poll participants supported the installation of tree lawn trees and traffic calming bump-outs/chicanes on Chelton Road at the entrance to Chelton Park and on Scottsdale Boulevard near Pennington Road and, if funding allowed, at Scottsdale near Sudbury Road.

Construction

In May 2021, to increase tree canopy and slow traffic throughout the southern Moreland neighborhood, 63 trees were planted with a Boise Paper/Arbor Day Foundation grant. In conjunction with Scottsdale Boulevard repaving (Lee to the western City border), from September 2022 to May 2023, bump-outs/chokers with green infrastructure, landscaping, trees, and high-visibility signage were constructed at three locations: 1) Scottsdale Boulevard east of Pennington; 2) Scottsdale Boulevard west of Sudbury; and 3) Chelton Road near the entrance to Chelton Park. (Click here to view drawings.)

Funding

  • Implementation funding was received from multiple sources:
  • $289,500 City funding ($202,000 Scottsdale repaving/$87,500 traffic calming)
  • $221,389 Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Green Infrastructure Grant
  • $50,000 Cuyahoga County CDSG funds
  • $30,000 Arbor Day/Boise Paper tree planting grant

Traffic Calming Results

Traffic volume and speed data were collected in September 2021 to establish baseline conditions and, again, in September 2023, six months after project completion.  Due to the cut-through nature of the streets, eastbound Scottsdale and southbound Chelton had the most traffic and the data below shows the results of the traffic calming installation:

Scottsdale Boulevard, eastbound:  Traffic calming resulted in a 36 percent drop in vehicles on the road which is about 750 fewer eastbound cars per day.  In addition, those exceeding the speed limit dropped by 12 percent and those driving 40 mph and higher dropped by 75 percent.

Chelton Road, southbound: Chelton has about one-quarter of the traffic that Scottsdale receives. Traffic calming resulted in a 28 percent drop in vehicles on the road which is about 179 fewer southbound cars per day. In addition, those exceeding the speed limit dropped by 17 percent, and the number of people driving 40 mph and higher dropped by 75 percent.

Schedule

DatesMilestones
September 2021Traffic speed and volume data collection
January to March 2022Design/engineering (including two neighborhood meetings)
January 31, 2022Neighborhood meeting. View a recording of the meeting (YouTube) | View the meeting presentation (PDF)
March 3, 2022Neighborhood meeting. View a recording of the meeting (YouTube) | View the meeting presentation (PDF)
May 2022Boise Paper/Arbor Day tree planting (69 trees)
August-September 2022Construction bidding and contracting
September-May 2023Construction; coordinated with Scottsdale Road resurfacing. View construction drawings for traffic calming interventions
September 2023Traffic speed and volume data collection


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Staff Contacts

Planning Department: Kara Hamley O’Donnell, 216-491-1436