For those who enjoy riding the MUPs rather than the roads:
I took a ride up the O&E towpath from Akron this weekend, but instead of stopping at the construction just north of I-480 I decided to see if I could get through and continue up to Harvard Ave. I had not been on the towpath north of I-480 since 2000 or so, when it didn't even make it to Harvard.
I learned that the construction is two 'Pedestrian overpasses' which look like they go over the busy intersections near Rt 17, which most will appreciate. I was able to ride through the construction areas with no problem and was pleasantly surprised by the condition of the towpath from there to Harvard Ave. Nice paved asphalt, parks, bathrooms, and maybe a half dozen other riders/peds total on a Saturday afternoon!
Most west-siders seem to prefer riding the Emerald Necklace MUP, but I encourage you to check out this stretch of the towpath, you will really enjoy it, even if it is just a few miles. Of course you can also do the whole stretch down and back (or up and back like I did) to/from Akron (around 40 miles each way) if you don't mind working through or around the construction areas near 480.