Cleveland, OH. - Traffic signs are crucial to motorists and pedestrians. People depend on signals to regulate traffic and to provide safety. According to connecting signs, "traffic signs will warn and guide drivers, helping to control traffic flow among vehicles, pedestrians, motorcycles, bicycles, and others who travel the streets, highways, and other roadways." When people don't obey traffic signs and traffic laws, they will receive tickets and fines. However, should the signal be erroneously posted, who is to blame?
During the last season of 2021, the City of Cleveland repaired and resurfaced Union Ave beginning Broadway and Union to Union and 131st. At this time, the city engineers made portions of Union Ave into a one-way street. This temporary adjustment was necessary to aid construction workers, motorists, and pedestrians aware of their surroundings. Union Avenue street pavement completion date was approximately September/October 2021. Although the one-way signs lingered on Union Ave after completion, the city removed most of the signage, but not all of them.
Recently, two vehicles almost collided due to the one-way sign located on E.124th Union Ave. Drivers looked puzzled because they did not know if Union Ave was a one-way as motorists were driving on both sides of the street. "This is a hazard. It's a safety issue in the community. It's dangerous, and it can lead to a fatality. Those things should not go unnoticed. The councilperson supposedly walked the community when she was running. Where is she now? She should know to walk the Ward and know what is going on in the Ward she was elected to serve. I will drive by there and make a call to City Hall", says Arnold Shurn. Shurn is a concerned citizen of Cleveland Ward 4.
Brown on Cleveland attempted to contact Cleveland Ward 4 Councilwoman Deborah Gray. We left a message for Gray asking, are you aware of the one-way sign on Union Ave, do you travel around Ward 4, and what are your plans to get the signage removed? Councilwoman Gray did not respond.
We will update the story at a later time upon resolution.
On February 7, 2022, city workers removed the one-way sign today. Councilwoman Deborah Gray of Ward 4 did not respond. Safety matters and Brown on Cleveland will continue to report local news and issues and strive to get immediate results.