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photo by Peggy Turbett, The Plain Dealer

Story By John Horton, The Plain Dealer

East Cleveland’s Lakeview Road has been judged the worst street in Northeast Ohio. Yet, there’s good news to report. In response to the recent Plain Dealer bad road contest, the city is exploring ways to improve it.

The scarred-to-the-brick road that juts off Euclid Avenue overwhelmingly won Road Rant’s Roughest Road contest. Out of 1,341 votes cast online at cleveland.com during the final week of May, roughly one out of five fingered the tough track as the nastiest among the Terrible 10 finalists supplied by readers.

The victory earned the road’s nominator, Jan Wolf of Cleveland, a prize of $290. The award equals the average amount of cash that rotten roads cost Cleveland-area drivers each year.

Wolf might not be the only one to benefit. Why? Well, it seems that voting truly can make a difference.

East Cleveland reviewed the condition of Lakeview after the road popped up on the Terrible 10 list, said Ross Brankatelli, the city’s new service director. Then he asked an engineer to prepare repaving cost estimates. The project could be done by year’s end.

“We really want to do it, but we need to make sure we have the money,” he said.

Numerous motorists still brave Lakeview, but more would if the journey didn’t mean flirting with a repair bill. Wolf lives nearby. Lakeview provides her the best access to the Euclid Corridor, but she often opts for a longer route to spare her 10-year-old Honda Accord, she said.

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