The quality of public transportation in the Cleveland Region is expanding, examples such as the Euclid Corridor and other stations have both heavy and light rail that are experiencing a change in image, function and passenger comfort. The Buckeye Woodhill station follows this pattern of Design Excellence set by the local public transit authority.
The first priority was the handicapped access that is a mandate allowing passengers to arrive at the platform regardless of whether west or east bound. Each platform has a translucent “halo” that is providing protection from the wind, rain, and snow.
The project was a rehabilitation of the existing transit station. The current station was deteriorated, not welcoming and was demolished. The redesign is required to meet ADA mandates and make the entire station completely accessible to all patrons. All design items were reviewed with the development corporation with community input. Major construction began in the fall of 2011 and completed in 2013. The station remained completely operational during construction. The program includes redevelopment of the existing platform, construction with ramps for accessible access, new stairway with mini- high ramp on both eastbound /westbound platforms. Additional items include redevelopment of the parking and vehicular apron, directional signage, security features and updated lighting.
The total site area is 2.036 acres of land. The topography has approximately 24 feet of elevation between Woodhill Road and the new Platform. The reconstruction of the bridge results in elevation changes along the North property line on Buckeye Road. An accessible entrance has been provided off Woodhill Road and Buckeye Road.
Each platform has a canopy that is 16’ side and 60’ long, providing protection from the weather and includes a concrete mini- high ramp to provide handicap access into the rail cars. To complement this planning strategy there is a continuous ramp that allows passengers to move vertically and horizontally 24’ from street level to platform.
Major exterior building materials include poured-in-place concrete and a steel structure. The “halos” are kalwall and supported with steel tubes. No ferrous materials meet the platform on the exterior as concrete encloses all columns and other ferrous materials for protection and maintenance. The existing concrete wall is clad with porcelain tile on stud wall within the structure and painted in those areas outside the vertical structure. All existing and new concrete retaining walls are painted with anti-graffiti paint.