Clifton Ave Redesign

What is it?

Clifton Town Meeting (CTM) is working with the Cincinnati Department of Transportation & Engineering (DOTE) on plans for a redesign of Clifton Avenue north of Ludlow Ave. The redesign plan will involve right-sizing each section of the roadway to better accommodate drivers, pedestrians and non-vehicular users. The new design will fit within the existing footprint of the road, no curb lines will change.

Why do this?

The primary focus of the redesign is to improve safety and useability for all users. For years CTMhas fielded community complaints about the safety of Clifton Avenue. Residents do not feel safe when walking along, crossing, or biking the street. Speed data has recorded drivers traveling faster than 70mph along this neighborhood street. There have been numerous serious accidents, some with vehicles overturned. All on a street that is home to residents, schools, places of worship, and community centers.

How can I help? The redesign plan is happening right now. Community input and engagement is the highest priority to ensure that we are meeting the needs of those that utilize Clifton Avenue the most! We have various meetings scheduled to gather community input and share the most recent updates. See below for the dates and times of these meetings. 

Community Engagement Schedule

Date and TimeLocationEventDetails
7:00 – 9:00 pm
VirtualTransportation committee meeting2024.03.19 Input Session.pptx
4/28/24 4:00 – 5:30 pmDiggs Plaza“Walk the street” community input session2024.04.28 Clifton Ave Walk Community Input
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Community Room
Clifton Cultural Arts Center3412 Clifton Ave
Solution Workshop2024.07.16 Clifton Ave Community Workshop
7:00 – 9:00 pm
TBDInitial Option Presentation
7:00 pm
Clifton Recreation CenterCTM General MeetingPresentation and discussion of options with CTM board
7:00 pm 
Clifton Recreation CenterCTM General MeetingCTM board vote on preferred option

When will this happen? 

Once planning is complete (estimated for summer of 2024), the redesign will be executed in multiple phases. Short-term, the plan may be implemented using temporary materials to validate the design and achieve immediate benefits. Long-term, the redesign will be made permanent when the street is repaved in accordance with the street rehabilitation program.

How will this be paid for?

The planning is made possible by community volunteers and DOTE’s own internal resources. Construction funding is yet to be identified.

Click here to send comments or questions.

CTM Board of Trustees will meet in a hybrid meeting on Monday, Aug. 7, 2023 at 7 p.m.

The public is welcome to attend. Public input on CTM agenda items will be heard after Trustee discussion is complete.  Community members wishing to address the Board on an agenda item should sign up to speak at least 24 hours before start of the meeting by completing this Google form or with an email request directed to the president at Individual input on agenda items will last no more than two minutes.

Community members may speak on non-agenda issues during the public questions and concerns period at the end of the meeting. Individuals with statements are asked to sign in before the start of the meeting. Such statements should last not more than two minutes and are invited during the public questions and concerns period. Email your request to speak (specify the topic), or to request an agenda item at the next meeting to


Join in-person: Clifton Recreation Center, 320 McAlpin Avenue  
Join Remotely:


Join in-person: Clifton Recreation Center, 320 McAlpin Avenue

Join remotely: Via Google Meets

Start TimeTopicTopic Lead
7 p.m.WelcomePres. Checco
7:01Roll Call/Approval of Meeting MinutesSec. Gee
7:03Treasurer ReportTreas. Noonan
7:05Police ReportP.O. Shawn Dent
7:20Fire House Report
7:25Clifton Recreation Center ReportDirector Fitzpatrick
7:30Clifton Library ReportDirector Strauss de Groute
7:40Clifton Area Neighborhood School (CANS) ReportJulia Bonfield
7:45Strader Grant – Creation of Ad Hoc Committee (Motion 1)Pres. Checco
7:50Mural at pedestrian crossing Middleton/McAlpin Budget Request (Motion 2)Trustees Roller & Ogilby
7:55Letters for approval
– Request for Municipal Code Change (Motion 3)
– Request for elimination of car fee for police details (motion 4)
-Request to evaluate bus station on Clifton South on Ludlow (motion 5)
– Request about recurring encampment at Burnet Woods (motion 6)
Pres. Checco
8:05Nominating Committee UpdatesPres. Checco, Sec. Gee, Trustee Lienhart
8:10Bylaws review updateTrustees Lienhart & Gregg
8:20House Tour as an event to fund a neighborhood festival
8:25Discussion about “Candidates Night”Pres. Checco
8:30Committee ReportsVarious
8:50Liaison Roll CallVarious
8:55Community Questions & ConcernsPres. Checco
9:05Thanks Giving
9:10Adjournment – Next Meeting 9/11/2023Pres. Checco


# – SponsorMotion
1 – Pres. CheccoTo create an ad-hoc committee regarding safety improvements at Digg’s Plaza
2 – Trustees Roller & OgilbyTo approve a $400 donation for the creation of a mural on pedestrian crossing on Middleton, just north of McAlpin
3 – Pres. CheccoLetter – Change request to municipal code for panhandling near an entrance of a facility
4 – Pres. CheccoLetter – Eliminate car fees from police details cost
5 – Pres. CheccoLetter – Evaluate bus station on Clifton Ave south of Ludlow
6 – Pres. CheccoLetter – Safety in Burnet Woods

Chronicle highlights Clifton’s walkability

The Summer 2023 Clifton Chronicle highlights the neighborhood’s walkability.

The Summer 2023 edition of the Clifton Chronicle, the quarterly newsletter of Clifton Town Meeting, is dedicated to Clifton’s walkability and engaging environment. Of course, these traits are the result of much hard work by neighbors past and present to improve pedestrian safety and preserve Clifton’s historic features, greenspaces and small-business district.

Check out the latest Clifton Chronicle to find guided hikes through parks and by stunning neighborhood gardens as well as news on upcoming events and more.