Mike DeWine / Tim McGinty – Get your kicks on US Route 20
U.S. 20 is 3,365 miles long according to the 1989 log. The route begins in Boston at a junction with Massachusetts Route 2 and ends in Newport, Oregon, at a junction with U.S. 101. http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/infrastructure/longest.cfm
United States Highway 20 is the longest road running in the United States of America and it’s darkest point is found at the intersection of Euclid Ave, Forest Hills Blvd. and Wheeler Ave in East Cleveland Ohio. No city on this route has an intersection that puts drivers into jeopardy using flashing red lights designed simply to give out moving violation tickets to riders going across the United States via Route 20.
Residents of East Cleveland are shocked to know that their city plays a very important link in the nations longest road. And now with East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton refusing to fix this bad section of Euclid Road (US Route 20) help is being sought from two prosecuting attorneys.
Ohio State Attorney General Michael DeWine has jurisdiction in this matter because the route crosses the state of Ohio and he could have his staff and Ohio Department of Transportation representatives check the traffic control box and determine if Mayor Gary Norton intentionally placed the intersection on flash red on all lanes or not.
Attorney General DeWine brings to the game superiority in being able to reach out to all state department to assist him including the Auditor of State Dave Yost who already has people looking at the revenue generated by this traffic stop location.
On the other hand Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty already has had experience prosecuting the lead Detective in East Cleveland Scott Gardner and settled the felony case with just a misdemeanor allowing Gardner to return back to work with East Cleveland Ohio.
McGinty has also been selected by staff members from AG DeWine’s office who tell residents to call the local prosecutor first. At that point McGinty could get the Cuyahoga County Sheriffs Office to conduct the investigation into tickets being given out at a blinking red light intersection allegedly put into action by EC Mayor Gary Norton.
While East Cleveland Police Chief Michael Cardilli has placed a short stay on the hundreds of tickets previously issued daily the lives of people following the nations longest road is still in jeopardy as they pass through one of the smallest stretches of U.S. Highway 20 going though the center of East Cleveland Ohio.
East Cleveland Councilman Nathaniel Martin has mapped out a plan to make East Cleveland a preferred tourist stop for those on U.S. Hwy 20 East and West. According to Martin the city could repair Euclid Avenue (US 20 & 6) and he wants a tourist stop right at city hall or at East Cleveland Public Library where they could experience books and videos about the city and US HWY 20.
By removing the traffic cams completely and ending the flashing red lights at Euclid Ave, Forest Hills Park and Wheeler Avenues Martin contends this will bring more residents through East Cleveland. Right now tourists are shocked as they go through traffic cams that are not accurate or trigger early and are given a moving violation at the flashing red light intersection.
Now if we can just pick a quarterback to help iron out the problems of Ca$h Corners and the continued damage done as drivers risk their lives crossing this intersection. Will Mike DeWine or Tim McGinty finally answer their phone or return calls from the concerned citizens of East Cleveland?
Coin Toss Please!
U.S. Route 20 – Ohio Beginning at the Pennsylvania-Ohio State line east of Conneaut via Ashtabula, Geneva, Painesville, East Cleveland, Cleveland, Elyria, Oberlin, Norwalk, Bellevue, Fremont, Woodville, Perrysburg Maumee, Charaghar, Oak Shade, Fayette, Alvordton, to the Ohio-Indiana State line west of Columbia.
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