Title: Pearl Road Enhancements in Cleveland
TAP Program 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 Cleveland
Estimated Total Cost: $1,975,000
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: NOACA controlled TAP funds
CUY US-42 (PEARL ROAD) SR-94 TO WILDLIFE WAY – The project proposed by the City of Cleveland for this section of US-42 is within the limits of a currently programmed rehabilitation project on US-42, from Brookpark Road to the IR-71 Bridge Overpass (CUY US-42 - 12.35: PID No. 84406) included in the ODOT District 12 City Pavement Program.
The project proposed by the City of Cleveland involves modifying a 0.43 mile section along US 42 (Pearl Road/West 25th Street), between State Road and Wildlife Way, in Cleveland (illustration). The project involves modifying the existing roadway to accommodate a five-lane road section with two five-foot bike lanes. The reconfiguration is a result of the Pearl Road (US-42) Traffic Study (July 2013: Revised August 2013) that has been reviewed and accepted by ODOT. The project also involves streetscape enhancements and improvements, including new curbing, sidewalks, drive access, landscaping, decorative colored crosswalks at signalized intersections and public art. New traffic signals between State and Wildlife Way will also be improved with decorative mast arms. The public art component will consist of artist designed bike racks and benches that fit into the overall character of the neighborhood.
The sponsor reports that in keeping with the City's Green Streets initiatives, green infrastructure improvements will be installed that consist of new street trees with tree pits specifically designed in terms of the type of soil, depth of materials for the water to filter through and type of plantings included to filter and clean the run-off before connecting back into the local system.
The estimated total project cost is $1,975,000. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering detailed design (PEDD) is $100,000. The PEDD will be funded by the sponsor. The estimated construction cost is $1,875,000. The sponsor is requesting that eighty percent ($1,500,000) be funded NOACA-administered Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) funds. The sponsor will provide the non-federal share of construction ($375,000).
Staff Comment (Summary):
• This project is consistent with NOACA’s Connections+ 2035 Plan Goal #4 (Establish a Balanced System, which Enhances Modal Choices).
• NOACA’s TAP funds are programmed through SFY 2019. If the proposed TAP project is approved, it will be amended to NOACA’s Long Range Transportation Plan. CUY US-42 - 12.35: PID No. 84406 is programmed with DOPWIC and ODOT Urban Paving Program funding in SFY 2016, which does not align with NOACA’s TAP funding program.
• The sponsor should review the cost estimate at significant review stages of project design development.
• Recommend committee and public review in order to obtain comments.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC):
• The project sponsor should consider narrowing the sidewalks or travel lanes in order to include a buffered bike lane.
• The project sponsor should consider a midblock crossing for pedestrians.
• When designing the streetscape elements of the project, the project sponsor should take into consideration the character of the Metroparks Zoo as well as the neighborhood.
• The project sponsor should work with RTA to include bus shelters in the area.
• The Transit Council is supportive of projects that increase biking and walking options and access.
• No comments; recommended for Planning and Programming Committee review.
Planning and Programming Committee:
• No comments; recommended for Executive Committee review.
• No comments; recommended for Board of Directors review.
Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC):