On September 13, 2013 The NOACA Board of Directors approved the following regarding this project: Resolution No. 2013-029 Project Planning Review and Resolution No. 2013-030 Plan and TIP Amendment. The project Planning Review (PPR) and Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC) processes for this project are now complete.

Title: Replace Bridge on Canal Road in Cleveland
Sponsor: City of Cleveland
PID No.: 89064
Estimated Total Cost: $4,107,500
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: ODOT and NOACA

History/Background: In July 2010, the City of Cleveland obtained $2,500,000 in Municipal Bridge (MBR) Program funding, through the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), to replace Commercial Road Bridge (SFN No. 1866427) in SFY 2012. On February 11, 2013, the City of Cleveland passed Ordinance No. 1716-12 …to amend the title and Section 1 of Ordinance No. 1612-10, passed February 7, 2011, as amended by Ordinance No. 1097-11, passed September 19, 2011, relating to the removal and replacement of the Commercial Road Bridge and rename it the Canal Road Bridge. The project is listed in the NOACA SFYs (state fiscal years) 2014 – 2017 TIP dated May 10, 2013 with construction (C) programmed for SFY 2015. Final plans with cost estimates were submitted for review in April 2013. The sponsor reports that the construction cost estimate increased from $3,125,000 to $4,107,500. The increase in the cost includes railroad force accounts for CSX and Norfolk and Southern, new abutments and micro-pile foundations that are required as a result of design calculations during plan development, and inflation costs due from the delay in right-of-way acquisition.

Current Conditions: According to the sponsor, Canal Road, bounded by West 3rd Street and Commercial Road in the City of Cleveland, provides a vital route from the Flats Cuyahoga River industry to the downtown interstate system. Within these limits, Canal Road (today) isr an inefficient, nonstandard roadway curve (contributing to obstructed driver lines of sight), poor pavement condition, and restricted free flowing traffic at the bridge. The sponsor reports that the existing bridge was built in 1901 and was rehabilitated in 1964. The rehabilitation replaced the original superstructure with the current steel beam bridge. The abutments were given a new seat and backwall, and the approach retaining walls were given a new top and concrete facing. The original bridge abutment stems and bridge seats are currently failing under the abnormally large amount of heavy truck traffic of the Industrial Flats, and those that could not use the Innerbelt. The superstructure is concrete filled grid decks; corrosion of the steel grid has caused deck growth that resulted in buckling at the expansion joints and along the sidewalk. The deck is minimally maintained by deck cutback to keep a reasonable ride. The sidewalk walk surface remains undulating and broken. Broken roadway grids are becoming more common with the increased truck traffic. The bridge railings are severely corroded from road salt. The north approach alignment is so deficient that southbound trucks have to stop and wait for the northbound truck to pass the bridge before they can cross. Recent inspections have downgraded the elements of the bridge with necessary posting of weight restrictions.

Proposed Project: The proposed project involves replacing the bridge on Canal Road, located over the CSX railroad and under the Norfolk-Southern railroad, in Cleveland (illustrations). According to the sponsor, the proposed bridge project is intended to improve the safety and condition of a deteriorated infrastructure providing a vital link to and from the Flats industrial area. Furthermore, the purpose of the proposed project is to make Canal Road safer by constructing a compliant road curve in turn improving lines of sight for drivers. The proposed work will provide a continuous multi use path from the recently completed East 9th Extension along Canal Road to West 3rd Street. Overall, the improvements will make the Flats more multi use travel friendly, serve existing businesses, and be a catalyst for redevelopment in the area.

The sponsor intends to continue the look and experience of the recently completed East 9th Street extension including multi use path, roadside drainage course and bridge parapet aesthetics. There are roadside drainage swales proposed for Canal Road similar to the surrounding improvements.

The estimated construction cost, provided by the sponsor, is $4,107,500. The sponsor obtained $2,500,000 in ODOT MBR funds toward the construction cost. The sponsor must provide a 20 percent match ($625,000) to the MBR funds. The difference between the estimated construction cost and the identified funding is $982,500. The sponsor requests eighty percent ($786,000) of the difference be funded with NOACA-administered Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds. The sponsor will provide the twenty percent match ($196,500).

Staff Comment (Summary):

Short Range Planning: Project Development and Member Services Team

  • This project is consistent with NOACA's Connections+ 2035 Goals #3 (Preserve and Improve the Efficiency and Safety of the Existing Transportation System), #4 (Establish a Balanced System which Enhances Modal Choices), #7 (Foster Reinvestment in Existing Urban Core Areas) and #10 (Quality of Life through Attention to Aesthetics in Planning).
  • This project is currently portrayed in NOACA’s SFYs 2014 – 2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), dated May 10, 2013, with Municipal Bridge Program funds, but no NOACA-controlled funds. The sponsor’s request for NOACA-controlled STP funds toward the project’s construction cost warrants its processing through project planning review (PPR).
  • Recommend committee and public review in order to obtain comments.

Long Range Planning: Technical Support

  • This project promotes goods movement and economic development. Canal Rd is a heavily traveled truck route that is crucial to the economic vitality of the Cleveland flats industrial area. The new East 9th extension connects with Canal and Commercial Roads in the Flats, providing access to a large number of industrial facilities. This project will improve the safety and efficiency on Canal Rd through improved turning radii, sight lines, and pavement conditions.

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.

ODOT District 12:
"ODOT District 12 supports the continued development of this project."

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.

Committee Review:

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

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council:

  • The proposed shared use path included in the scope of the project will provide important multimodal connections between Tremont and downtown Cleveland, as well as between numerous planned and existing shared use paths. The BPAC supports this project.
  • The project sponsor should consider installing way-finding signage for the nearby destinations, neighborhoods, and shared use paths. If this is being considered, the project sponsor should inform the BPAC of which destinations will be included in the way-finding signage.
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