Finding aid for the Lake Erie Regional Transportation Authority Records

Repository: Western Reserve Historical Society
Creator: Lake Erie Regional Transportation Authority
Title: Lake Erie Regional Transportation Authority Records
Dates: 1968-1978
Extent: 15.13 linear feet (16 containers and 3 oversize folders)
Abstract: The Lake Erie Regional Transportation Authority was created by the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Board of Commissioners in 1972 to study the need, feasibility, and location for a new international airport for the Cleveland service area. Urged on by the Greater Cleveland Growth Association, LERTA proposed the construction of a 13-mile stone-and-sand dike in Lake Erie as the site for the new airport. Despite an extensive public relations campaign, public opposition to the project was immediate and continuous. In 1977, the FAA determined that Cleveland did not need a new airport and in 1978 discontinued its support for the jetport-in-the-lake project. The collection consists of administrative records (i.e. LERTA formation and dissolution records, minutes of the Board of Trustees, initial planning grant proposals, citizen participation records, intergovernmental and departmental relations activity, etc.), consultant selection records, airport feasibility studies, and publicity and public relations records. The collection contains detailed engineering proposals for large-scale off-shore airport construction, and public opposition to such a project. Also included are weather studies of Lake Erie and the Cleveland area.
MS Number MS 4497
Location: closed stacks
Language: The records are in English