Title: Safety Projects in Lorain County
Sponsor: Lorain County Engineer
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO)

History/Background: In 2006, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) required that CEAO spend half of its County Surface Transportation Program (CSTP) funds on safety projects, and it was subsequently determined that the CSTP and Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds would be administered by CEAO as separate programs. To be eligible for federal HSIP funding, a project must correct or improve an identified hazardous road section, intersection, or bridge location or feature or address a highway safety problem.

In November 2013 the CEAO approved the use of Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds for project applications submitted by the Lorain County Engineer. In December 2013, the Lorain County Board of Commissioners adopted Resolution No. 13-1010 requesting NOACA to place the projects on its Transportation Plan.

Proposed Projects: The following projects were selected for Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funding:

LOR BAUMHART RD (LOR CR-51 - 7.77): PID No. 97439 - The proposed project involves countermeasures to address horizontal and vertical curve deficiencies at the intersection of Baumhart Road (CR-51) and Middle Ridge Road (TR-32) in Brownhelm Township (location map). The project is being constructed to address safety issues associated with motor vehicle accidents occurring at the intersection. No pedestrian safety issues have been identified.

The proposed countermeasures include:

• Flattening the crest vertical curve to improve sight distance at the Middle Ridge Road and Baumhart Road intersection;
• Softening the horizontal curve on Baumhart Road just south of Middle Ridge Road to accommodate the 55 mile per hour speed limit;
• Updating and supplementing signing at the horizontal curve and intersection and
• Resurfacing the pavement within the project limits.

The project’s estimated total cost is $845,000. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering preliminary development (PEPD) is $25,000. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering detail design (PEDD) is $85,000. The estimated cost of right-of-way (RW) is $15,000. The sponsor reports an application was submitted to the Turnpike Mitigation Program in January 2014 for the project’s PEDD and RW. The estimated cost of construction (C) is $720,000. Eighty percent ($576,000) of the C cost will be funded with CEAO HSIP funds. The Lorain County Engineer will provide the non-federal share of construction ($144,000). The project can be designed and ready to construct by April 2017.

LOR MIDDLE RIDGE RD (LOR CR-32 - 1.49): PID No. 97441 - The proposed project involves countermeasures to address safety concerns at the intersection of Middle Ridge Road (CR-32) and Oberlin Road (TR-39) in Amherst Township (location map). The project is being constructed to address safety issues associated with motor vehicle accidents occurring at the intersection. No pedestrian safety issues have been identified.

The proposed countermeasures include:

• Installing a left turn lane on Middle Ridge Road for eastbound traffic turning left onto Oberlin Road;
• Realigning the existing skewed intersection to a perpendicular "T" intersection;
• Removing and trimming vegetation to improve sight distance; and
• Improving and upgrading the signage at the intersection;

The project’s estimated total cost is $290,500. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering preliminary development (PEPD) is $10,000. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering detail design (PEDD) is $13,500. The estimated cost of right-of-way (RW) is $10,000. The PEPD, PEDD and RW will be funded locally. The estimated cost of construction (C) is $257,000. Eighty percent ($205,600) of the C cost will be funded with CEAO HSIP funds. The Lorain County Engineer will provide the non-federal share of construction ($51,400). The project can be designed and ready to construct by April 2017.

Staff Comment (Summary):

Programming Division:

• These projects are consistent with NOACA's Connections+ 2035 Goal #3 (Preserve and Improve the Efficiency and Safety of the Transportation System).
• Recommend committee and public review in order to obtain comments.

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.

Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC):

Public Involvement:

Last updated: 6/26/2014 9:14:26 AM