Title: Road Rehabilitation Projects in the City of Lorain
Sponsor: Various
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: NOACA controlled Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds.

History/Background: On December 16, 2013, the City of Lorain, Ohio, approved Ordinance No. 232-13 identifying Elyria Avenue and Baumhart Road for rehabilitation within the City of Lorain. The proposed projects will improve a total of 2.65 miles of roadway.

The City of Lorain is requesting a total of $4,713,939 of NOACA-controlled STP funds for the following projects:

LOR BAUMHART RD – This project involves rehabilitation along 1.4 miles of Baumhart Road, from the Lorain south corporation line (SCL) to West Erie Avenue, in Lorain (location map). The sponsor reports that the purpose of the project is to rehabilitate the existing pavement of the four-lane divided highway. The sponsor further reports that no change will be made to the existing pavement width or the intersections and that additional right-of-way will not be required. The project’s estimated total cost is $3,517,424. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering preliminary development (PEPD) is $50,000. The sponsor requests that eighty percent ($40,000) of the PEPD cost be funded with Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds. The sponsor will provide the non-federal share of PEPD ($10,000). The estimated cost of preliminary engineering detail design (PEDD) is $550,000. The sponsor requests that eighty percent ($440,000) of the PEDD cost be funded with STP funds. The sponsor will provide the non-federal share of PEDD ($110,000). The estimated cost of construction is $2,917,424. The sponsor requests that eighty percent ($2,333,939) of the construction cost be funded with STP funds. The sponsor will provide the non-federal share of construction ($583,485).

LOR ELYRIA AVE – This project involves improvements along 1.25 miles of Elyria Avenue, from East 39th Street to East 21st Street, in Lorain (location map). The work includes rehabilitating the existing pavement, upgrading walks to current Americans with Disabilities (ADA) standards and replacing aged curbing. The road is currently marked as two lanes, but the sponsor proposes to provide new pavement markings for three lanes to improve traffic flow.

The project’s estimated total cost is $2,375,000. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering preliminary development (PEPD) is $25,000. The sponsor requests that eighty percent ($20,000) of the PEPD cost be funded with STP funds. The sponsor will provide the non-federal share of PEPD ($5,000). The estimated cost of preliminary engineering detail design (PEDD) is $350,000. The sponsor requests that eighty percent ($280,000) of the PEDD cost be funded with STP funds. The sponsor will provide the non-federal share of PEDD ($70,000). The estimated cost of construction is $2,000,000. The sponsor requests that eighty percent ($1,600,000) of the construction cost be funded with STP funds. The sponsor will provide the non-federal share of construction ($400,000).

History/Background: On November 25, 2013, the Village of Sheffield passed Resolution No. 574 authorizing the filing of an application for federal-aid project funding assistance with NOACA in connection with the improvement of East River Road in Sheffield Village.

LOR EAST RIVER RD – This project involves improvements along 3 miles of East River Road, from Detroit Road (SR-254) to Colorado Avenue (SR-611), in Sheffield Village (location map). The work includes removal and resurfacing approximately 3 inches of the existing asphalt pavement surface, reconstructing and widening the sub-standard pavement width to a standard width of 22 feet and the replacement of gravel berms. The sponsor reports that existing roadside swales will be regraded, driveway culverts will be replaced and signage, pavement markings and guardrail will be upgraded to meet current standards. The estimated construction cost is $1,202,400. The sponsor requests that eighty percent ($961,920) of the construction cost be funded with STP funds. The sponsor will provide the non-federal share of construction ($240,480).

The preliminary engineering and right-of-way costs will be borne by the sponsor. The Lorain County Engineer staff will design the project.

Staff Comment (Summary):

Programming Division:
• These projects are consistent with NOACA’s Connections+ 2035 Goal #3 (Preserve and Improve the Efficiency of the Transportation System).
• According to the NOACA Regional Pavement Management System (RPMS), the 2012 pavement condition rating (PCR) for this section of Baumhart Road is 68 (fair condition).
• According to the NOACA RPMS, the 2012 PCR for this section of Elyria Avenue ranges from 71 to 74 (fair condition).
• According to the NOACA RPMS, the 2012 PCR for this section of East River Road is 70 (fair condition).
• NOACA’s STP funds are programmed through SFY 2019. If these proposed projects are approved, they will be amended to NOACA’s Long Range Transportation Plan.
• Recommend committee and public review in order to obtain comments.

Committee Review:

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC):

Elyria Avenue Rehabilitation
• If bike facilities are not possible to include in the Broadway Avenue resurfacing project, which recently went through NOACA’s PPR process, the project sponsor should consider including bike facilities on Elyria Avenue.
• The project sponsor should only include an additional travel lane if it is recommended in a traffic study. Otherwise, the lanes should remain unchanged.

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