Safe Routes to School Projects in Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties

On December 13, 2013, the NOACA Board of Directors approved the following actions regarding this project: Resolution No. 2013-038 Project Planning Review and Resolution No. 2013-039 Plan and TIP Amendment. The project Planning Review (PPR) and Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC) processes for this project are now complete.

Title: Safe Routes to School Projects in Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties
Sponsor: Various
Estimated Total Cost: $107,750
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: Safe Routes to School

History/Background: The goal of Ohio's Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program is to assist communities in developing and implementing projects and programs that encourage and enable children in grades K-8, including those with disabilities to walk or bike to school safely. Successful SRTS programs include an integrated approach that addresses all 5 E’s (engineering, education, enforcement, encouragement and evaluation) of the program. Local and regional governments, schools and community organizations ready, willing and able to implement SRTS initiatives are eligible to apply for funding. Funding is reimbursable and may be awarded at 100%. Ohio requires communities to develop a School Travel Plan. Funding is also available for planning activities (Safe Routes to Schools).

Proposed Projects: The following SRTS projects are sponsored by various communities and were selected by ODOT for SRTS funding in May 2013:

• CUY SRTS FY2015 LYNDHURST (INFRASTRUCTURE): PID No. 96347 - The Lyndhurst SRTS project will improve safety of pedestrians and bicycles to Sunview School and the City’s Brainard Park (location map). The infrastructure improvements include adding walkways and crosswalks on the Sunview School property to separate pedestrians from vehicles, installing school flashing lights and Americans with Disabilities (ADA) compliant curb ramps on Meadow Wood Boulevard and installation of bollards at the end of the ramps. The estimated total project cost, provided by the sponsor, is $63,000. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering detail design (PEDD) is $10,000. The estimated cost of construction is $53,000. The amount of funding ODOT awarded to the Lyndhurst SRTS project is $63,000, available to be spent at a rate of 100 percent. Anything over $63,000 will be funded by the sponsor.

• LOR CLEARVIEW LS SRTS (NON-INFRASTRUCTURE): PID No. 96269 - The Clearview non-infrastructure project aims to educate, encourage, and evaluate students at Vincent Elementary School and Durling Middle School (location map) through bike rodeo, developing educational and safety tip sheets for students and parents; incentives for walking/biking to school activities; conducting parent surveys and student travel tallies. The estimated total project cost, provided by the sponsor, is $6,750. The amount of funding ODOT awarded to the CLEARVIEW LS SRTS project is $6,750 available to be spent at a rate of 100 percent. Anything over $6,750 will be funded by the sponsor.

• LOR ELYRIA TWP SRTS (NON-INFRASTRUCTURE): PID No. 96271 - The Elyria Township non-infrastructure project aims to educate, encourage, and evaluate students at Kindergarten Village School, Crestwood Elementary School and Westwood Middle School (location map) through: target enforcement in school area; implementing walking/biking safety in curriculum; incentives for walking/biking to school activities; in-school coordinators; Summer educational event to promote program; conducting parent surveys and student travel tallies. The estimated total project cost, provided by the sponsor, is $16,000. The amount of funding ODOT awarded to the ELYRIA TWP SRTS project is $16,000 available to be spent at a rate of 100 percent. Anything over $16,000 will be funded by the sponsor.

• LOR NORTH RIDGEVILLE SRTS (NON-INFRASTRUCTURE): PID No. 96272 - The North Ridgeville non-infrastructure project aims to educate, encourage, and evaluate students at Lear North Elementary School, Liberty Elementary School, Wilcox Elementary School and North Ridgeville Middle School (location map) through: walking and biking safety material for Safetyville; incentives for participation in International Walk and Bike to School Days; bike safety assemblies; crossing guard safety measures; bike rodeo; and conducting parent surveys and student travel tallies. The estimated total project cost, provided by the sponsor, is $22,000. The amount of funding ODOT awarded to the NORTH RIDGEVILLE SRTS project is $22,000 available to be spent at a rate of 100 percent. Anything over $22,000 will be funded by the sponsor.

Staff Comment (Summary):

Short Range Planning–Project Development and Member Services Team:
• These projects are consistent with NOACA’s Connections+ 2035 Goal #3 (Preserve and Improve the Efficiency of the Transportation System) and #10 (Foster Improvement in the Quality of Life).
• Recommend committee and public review in order to obtain comments.

Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC):

If you are a representative of a governmental entity and would like to comment on this project, please email us.

Public Involvement:

NOACA encourages comments from the public on this proposed transportation improvement project. We would appreciate it if you include your city of residence, although it is not required. The public review period lasts until the Governing Board makes a decision about them. If you have a comment on this project, please email us.

Committee Review:

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC):

  • The BPAC supports these projects.

Transit Council:

  • The Transit Council supports this project. It will further develop an environment that is safer for school-aged children to walk or bike to school, lessening dependence on vehicles. The Transit Council is highly supportive of projects that derive from multimodal planning efforts.

Transportation Subcommittee:
       •   No comments; recommended for amendment to NOACA’s Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

Last updated: 12/17/2013 8:27:35 AM