Traffic Down At Cleveland's Port

CLEVELAND (AP) - Traffic is down at Cleveland's port and a lack of steel production might be partially to blame.

The port's shipping business is tied to local steel and manufacturing.

With manufacturers abandoning Northeast Ohio and the collapse of the steel industry, the port has struggled to bring in new business in the last few years.

Some critics say the port has failed to diversify.

Smaller Ohio ports, such as those in Ashtabula and Conneaut, have added cargo over the past few years and are gaining ground on Cleveland.

The questions about the port come at a time when Cleveland leaders want to free up the city's lakefront for development.

Gary Failor, executive director of the port authority, says the port needs to take a closer look at its operations and maybe bring in consultants.

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