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: Safety Projects in Cuyahoga and Medina Counties
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: ODOT
History/Background: The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Safety program provides funds to ODOT and local governments for highway safety treatments or corrective activity designed to alleviate a safety problem or a potentially hazardous situation. The program is funded at approximately $100 million annually. Priority is given to those projects with recommended activities/countermeasures that improve safety at roadway locations with a high frequency, severity, and rate of crashes.
There are two application cycles per year. Applications must be signed off by the respective ODOT District Safety Review Team. A safety engineering study must typically accompany the application unless the application is for preliminary engineering funds to complete the study.
Proposed Projects: The following projects were selected for Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funding:
• CUY SR 252 – 4.11: PID No. 92910 - The project involves safety improvements on Great Northern Boulevard, from the IR-480 eastbound ramps to 500 feet north of Brookpark Road, in North Olmsted (location map) to address non-coordinated intersection operations, corridor congestion, imbalanced lane utilization and limited and non-conforming signage, contributing to safety and operational issues on Great Northern Boulevard. The project will include lane reconfiguration, median modifications, turn lane extensions, resurfacing and signage upgrades. The project’s estimated total cost is $1,390,000. Ninety percent ($1,251,000) of the construction cost will be funded with HSIP funds. The sponsor will provide the ten percent ($139,000) matching funds.
• MED IR 71 24.02: PID No. 96227 - The project involves improvements on SR-303, in Brunswick (location map). The project aims to reduce the occurrence of rear end and sideswipe crashes occurring on the IR-71 southbound ramp and IR-71 mainline due to traffic backups on the ramp and also reduce the congestion related crashes occurring on SR-303. The work includes widening and extending the storage lanes on the I-71 southbound ramp to SR 303; and extending the westbound right turn lane on SR 303 and restriping to accommodate through and right turn traffic. The project’s estimated total cost is $4,588,100. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering preliminary development (PEPD) is $196,500. The PEPD will be funded with HSIP funds ($155,228) and ODOT 3 funds ($41,272). The estimated cost of preliminary engineering detail design (PEDD) is $490,000. The PEDD will be funded with HSIP funds ($441,000) and ODOT 3 funds ($49,000). The estimated cost of right-of-way (RW) is $304,600. The RW will be funded with HSIP funds ($274,140) and ODOT 3 funds ($30,460). The estimated cost of construction (C) is $3,597,000. The C will be funded with HSIP funds ($3,237,300) and ODOT 3 funds ($359,700).
• MED SR 94 14.61: PID No. 96567 - The project involves the installation of a traffic signal on SR-94 at the IR-271 westbound ramp, in Granger Township (location map). This will provide gaps in the traffic stream on SR-94 and allow vehicles to exit the IR-271 westbound ramp, which frequently backs up onto the IR-271 mainline during pm peak hour. The project’s estimated total cost is $180,000. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering preliminary development (PEPD) is $10,000. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering detail design (PEDD) is $45,000. The estimated cost of right-of-way (RW) is $15,000. The estimated cost of construction (C) is $110,000. All phases of the project will funded entirely with HSIP funds.
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).
• 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.
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.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council:
SR-252 Widening in North Olmsted
- The proximity of high density apartments and a hotel to the east, as well as the Great Northern Mall and other shopping and dining destinations to the west, indicate that there may be a relatively high amount of potential pedestrian trips within the area.
- The project sponsor should consider high visibility crosswalks.
- The project sponsor should include pedestrian signals at Country Club Blvd. and the access road near the apartments.
- The City of North Olmsted, project sponsor, responds, "All signalized intersections within the project limit have, and will continue to have, crosswalks for pedestrians. We will include high visibility crosswalks through the use of ladder style crosswalks as shown here. Adding pedestrian crossings to a signalized intersection that does not currently have pedestrian heads is out of the scope/budget for this project. It may be more appropriate to address that during Phase 2 of the traffic signal system project."
I-71 Ramp Widening
- The project sponsor should include a pedestrian warning sign (W11-2 in MUTCD) for vehicles exiting I- 71 onto SR-303 as they approach the new crosswalk.
- The Ohio Department of Transportation District 3 responds, "There is not going to be a crosswalk there now. We originally showed sidewalk continuing east, crossing the ramps and ending on the east side of the SB exit ramp.
However, there is no existing sidewalk under IR 71 or to the east so there is nowhere for pedestrians to go. Therefore, we are scoping the project to have the sidewalk stop at the dealership like it does today, so there will no longer be a crosswalk at the ramps (as was shown on the original drawing). We agree the pedestrian warning signs would have been an appropriate use at this location."
SR-252 Widening in North Olmsted:
- The Transit Council supports this project and the addition of a bus pad in the south bound lane. This portion of SR-252 is an important transit route for RTA’s #75 bus line and the North Olmstead Park-N-Ride located off Great Northern Boulevard just south of I-480. Transit Council also suggests including enhanced cross walks.
- The City of North Olmsted, project sponsor, responds, "We will include high visibility crosswalks through the use of ladder style crosswalks. Also, we will coordinate with GCRTA on the bus pad placement."
• No comments; recommended for amendment to NOACA’s Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).