On April 11, 2014, the NOACA Board of Directors approved the following actions regarding this project: Resolution No. 2014-016 Project Planning Review and Resolution No. 2014-017 Plan and TIP Amendment. The project Planning Review (PPR) and Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC) processes for this project are now complete.

Title: Transportation Alternatives Program Projects

History/Background: The Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) program provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation; recreational trail program projects; safe routes to school projects; and projects for planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other divided highways.

Sponsor: City of Shaker Heights
Estimated Total Cost: $1,040,261
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: NOACA-controlled TAP funds

CUY FARNSLEIGH PEDESTRIAN/BICYCLE STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS – The City of Shaker Heights (project sponsor) reports that it’s Warrensville/Van Aken Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Plan, developed in 2008, implements the call to revitalize the district that was explored in its Strategic Investment Plan. Completed in 2000, the Strategic Investment Plan recommended reconstructing the Warrensville/Van Aken/Chagrin intersection, improving transit connections and transfer points, and improving pedestrian connections between the stations and surrounding areas. On November 26, 2013, the City of Shaker Heights enacted ordinance (No. 13-95), seeking funding to construct streetscape improvements on Farnsleigh Road as part of the City’s Warrensville/Van Aken/Chagrin redevelopment project.

The proposed project involves streetscape improvements along Farnsleigh Road, between Warrenville Center Road and Van Aken Boulevard, in Shaker Heights (illustration). The sponsor reports that a preliminary design has been prepared, which emphasizes creating a safer pedestrian environment for all users.

The proposed improvements include pavement and pedestrian amenities to slow traffic and improve safety, bicycle facilities and planters to aid in collection of stormwater runoff. According to the sponsor, the project will complement the reconfiguration of the intersection at Warrensville Center Road, Van Aken Boulevard and Chagrin Boulevard.

The estimated construction cost is $ 1,040,261. The sponsor requests that eighty percent ($832,209) of the construction cost be funded with TAP funds. The sponsor will provide the non-federal share of construction ($208,052). The project can be designed and ready to construct by March 2016.

Sponsor: City of Oberlin
Estimated Total Cost: $544,427
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: NOACA-controlled TAP funds

LOR OBERLIN (DONALD J. PEASE MEMORIAL) BIKE PATH TRAILHEAD PROJECT – The City of Oberlin proposes to complete Phase II of its historic Gasholder Building site improvement project. Phase II involves creating a trailhead for the Donald J. Pease Memorial Bike Path, a 3.1-mile section of the greater 13.1-mile North Coast Inland Trail (NCIT) bicycle path, which runs between Kipton and Elyria, Ohio (illustration). The Bike Path runs along the northern edge of the Gasholder site.

On December 2, 2013, the City of Oberlin enacted Resolution No. R13-12 CMS to apply for funding to assist with trailhead improvements on the Gasholder Building site. The proposed trailhead will include a shelter/bicycle parking/handicapped accessible restroom building; accessible walkways between the bike path and shelter and between the shelter and vehicle parking area; and a vehicle parking area where bicyclists can park and unload their bicycles.

The estimated construction cost is $544,427. The sponsor requests eighty percent ($435,542) be funded with NOACA-administered TAP funds. The sponsor will provide the twenty percent match ($108,885).

Staff Comment (Summary):

Short Range Planning: Project Development and Member Services Team:
• These projects are 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.
• NOACA’s TAP funds are programmed through SFY 2017. If these proposed projects are approved, they will be amended to NOACA’s Long Range Transportation Plan.
• 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. 
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.


• The planning team for this project should consider the addition of bike lanes, preferably buffered or protected to this project. The current design includes bike accommodations in the form of sharrows but the inclusion of off-peak on-street parking makes this a potentially dangerous combination. A typical curb to curb section appears to be approximately 50 feet, so the below section is a possible solution that would calm traffic while providing cyclists more robust and safe options.

Committee Review:

Transportation Subcommittee:

• No comments; recommended for Planning and Programming Committee review.

Planning and Programming Committee:

• No comments; recommended for Executive Committee review.

Executive Committee:

• No comments; recommended for Board of Directors review.

Last updated: 4/14/2014 10:17:55 AM