NOACA Governing Board Approves $9 Million in Transportation Enhancement Projects
Today, 17 Northeast Ohio bicycle and pedestrian, multi-purpose trail, and streetscaping projects moved one step closer to implementation. At its December meeting, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency Governing Board approved approximately $9 million in federal transportation enhancement (TE) funding for projects in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties.
Transportation enhancement projects approved today include:
“NOACA is pleased to support these enhancement projects, which will expand the region’s bicycle and pedestrian network and enrich the quality of life for residents,” says Howard R. Maier, NOACA executive director. “We received applications for many excellent projects during this round of transportation enhancement funding, and we are excited about seeing these projects become a reality.” To be eligible for federal TE funding, a project must fit into one of 13 enhancement categories, such as bicycle/pedestrian facilities, historic preservation, streetscaping, acquisition of scenic or historic sites, and archeological research. The projects approved today were selected by NOACA’s Transportation Enhancement task force and recommended for Governing Board approval by the Transportation Advisory Committee.
- A new bicycle and pedestrian bridge over I-90 on SR-611 in the city of Avon
- A portion of the Maple Highlands Trail connector in the city of Chardon
- Landscaping and decorative improvements along Larchmere Boulevard in the city of Cleveland
- Property acquisition along the Cuyahoga River for a trailhead, boardwalk, park, and bicycle and pedestrian improvements in the city of Cleveland
- A shared use path from Lake Medina to Reagan Park Trail in the city of Medina
The complete list of approved projects is attached.
The NOACA Board also approved adding seven new projects to Connections 2030, the long-range transportation plan, and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for state fiscal years 2008–2011. Connections 2030 is the regional plan that outlines the development of Northeast Ohio’s transportation system and identifies transportation investments that are planned through the year 2030. The TIP is the comprehensive, four-year listing of federal-aid transportation improvement projects scheduled for implementation in the NOACA region (Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina Counties). Details about all of these projects can be viewed on NOACA’s website at www.noaca.org/dec2010ppr.html.
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