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: Construct a Multi-Purpose Trail in Cuyahoga Heights
Sponsor: Cuyahoga Heights
Estimated Total Cost: $1,230,000 (preliminary engineering, right-of-way and construction)
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: NOACA

History/Background: The Village of Cuyahoga Heights desires to implement Phase III of the Village’s Rails to Trails Project, which would connect the Village’s school system and civic area with the Louis J. Bacci Park and the Cleveland Metro Parks. On January 9, 2013, the Council of the Village of Cuyahoga Heights approved Resolution No. 2013-9 authorizing the Mayor to apply to The Ohio Department of Natural Resources for financial assistance under the Recreational Trails Program and the Clean Ohio Trails Fund for Phase II of the multiĀ­-use trail project and obligating Village funds. On June 22, 2013, the Council of the Village of Cuyahoga Heights approved Resolution No. 2013-54 authorizing the Mayor to apply for an Alternative Transportation Program Grant from the United States Department of Transportation, administered by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), for Phase III of the multi-use trail project and obligating village funds; and declaring an emergency.

Current Conditions: The Village of Cuyahoga Heights (project sponsor) is an inner-ring suburb of Cleveland and is heavily industrialized. Presently, most users of the park access it by car as the residential section of the Village is separated from the park by a large industrial area, busy roads with heavy truck traffic, and insufficient sidewalks. The sponsor proposes to complete Phase IIIA of the multi-use trail. According to the sponsor, Phases I and II of the project successfully converted an unused rail line and follows the course of the scenic Mill Creek, a tributary of the Cuyahoga River, into a frequently used trail. Phase IIIA will connect the Village's school, residential, and civic center with the Village's park and the Ohio and Erie Canal Tow Path Trail. According to the sponsor, the goal of the project is to provide safe access to the Village's green space and the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail without requiring utilization of a vehicle. The project will provide paved trail opportunities for walkers, joggers, hikers, cyclists, in-line skaters, and cross country skiers. The sponsor reports that the completion of the trail will accomplish several goals: limit the number of car trips, increase pedestrian safety, and provide scenic views of some of the best preserved sections of Mill Creek.

Proposed Project: The proposed project involves the construction of a multi-purpose trail, in the Village of Cuyahoga Heights, from an existing bicycle path in Bacci Park to the Cuyahoga Heights Village Hall (location map). The multi-purpose trail (Phase IIIA) will connect the Cuyahoga Heights Village Hall, pool, and school system to Bacci Park and the Cleveland Metroparks’ shared use trail. The trail’s northwestern terminus will be behind the Village Hall, off East 71st Street and Dressler Court. The proposed trail will then connect with the completed Phase II of the project, which converted the old CSX railway (now owned by the Village) into the multi-purpose trail that overlooks Mill Creek. The trail ends in Bacci Park, which ultimately connects trail users to the Cleveland Metroparks.

The estimated total project cost, provided by the sponsor, is $1,230,000. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering preliminary development (PEPD) is $15,000. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering detail design (PEDD) is $150,000. The estimated cost for right-of-way (RW) is $175,000. The PEPD, PEDD and RW will be funded locally. The estimated cost for construction is $890,000. The sponsor requests 80 percent $712,000 of the construction cost be funded with NOACA-controlled Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) funds. The sponsor will provide the 20 percent local match ($178,000).

The sponsor applied for $500,000 in funding from the State of Ohio's Clean Ohio Trails Funds in February 2013. To date program awards have not been announced. If awarded, the funds should be available in the last quarter of 2013. If the project is not awarded, the sponsor will use general revenues or bonds. The sponsor will also have the opportunity to apply for State funds in February 2014, if necessary.

Staff Comment (Summary):

Short Range Planning: Project Development and Member Services Team

  • This project is consistent with NOACA’s Connections+2035 Plan Goal #4 (Establish a Balanced System which Enhances Modal Choices) 
  • The sponsor should review the cost estimate at significant review stages of project design development
    This project will increase multimodal transportation as well as recreational opportunities.
  • 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.

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 project sponsor should expand the scope of the project to connect to the existing Bacci Park path with the Mill Creek path.

Transit Council:

  • The Transit Council is supportive of projects that increase biking and walking options and access.
Last updated: 9/17/2013 9:29:41 AM