News Review
NOACA Board of Directors approve $15.8 billion plan for region’s transportation future
Posted Date: 6/9/2017
CLEVELAND (Friday, June 9, 2017) – At its meeting on June 9, the Board of Directors of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) approved the $15.8 billion 20-year Long-Range Transportation Plan for Northeast Ohio.

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Titled “AIM Forward 2040,” the Long-Range Plan is the framework for directing investment for all forms of transportation, including motor vehicle, bridge, transit, bicycle, walking and the movement of freight. The plan offers a vision of the region's transportation system through the year 2040 and identifies $15.8 billion in transportation investments.

AIM Forward 2040 makes plans for managing congestion, maintaining transportation assets, planning for increased freight movements, increasing transportation safety and security; and mitigating environmental impacts.

“Northeast Ohio has one of the busiest and most complete networks of roads and bridges,” said NOACA Executive Director Grace Gallucci. “But, while the transportation system in Northeast Ohio is generally robust, providing more options for getting around continues to be a focus,” she said.

More than 90 percent of the funds identified in AIM Forward 2040 will go toward maintaining existing infrastructure and investing in transit and livability projects.

“We heard over and over again that adding more lanes and widening roads was not necessarily a priority,” Gallucci said. “What we did hear was a strong desire for more options for getting around and fixing what we already have. We believe this plan addresses that sentiment.”

View the plan at www.noaca.org/AIMForward2040.

In addition to approval of the 20-year Long-Range Plan, NOACA’s Board also approved the four-year Transportation Improvement Program or “TIP.”

The TIP is the tool for implementing the Long-Range Transportation Plan and includes $1.6 billion in funded projects over the next four years. That includes:

3,451 miles of roadway improvements and enhancements
8.1 million square feet deck area of bridge improvements
35 miles of new bicycle and shared use facilities
260 transit vehicle replacements
Two (2) transit station rehabilitations

For a complete list of upcoming projects, visit www.noaca.org/TIP or use NOACA’s Interactive TIP Tool to search projects near you! The five largest projects identified in each county are below:

Cuyahoga County:
1. Replace decks of the I-480 bridges and construct a third bridge, $278,330,000
2. GCRTA vehicle replacements, $56,477,803
3. GCRTA Tower City/Red Line West track rehab, $45,184,489
4. Cleveland Innerbelt CCG6A (replace the I-77 bridge over I-490), $35,064,000
5. Reconnecting Cleveland Pathways series of projects, $17,250,965

Geauga County:
1. Paint steel on bridges along U.S. 422, $5,500,000
2. Reconstruct hill along SR 87 near Hayes Rd. & widen shoulder for buggy use, $2,470,000
3. Resurface SR 528 in Montville & Thompson Twps., $2,378,000
4. Perform maintenance along SR 608 in Middlefield, Huntsburg & Claridon Twps, $1,650,000
5. Resurface Kinsman Rd from Auburn Rd to Burton, $1,599,000

Lake County:
1. LAKETRAN vehicle replacements, $11,451,960
2. Replace bridges carrying I-271N to I-90W over Eddy Rd. & over mainline I-271, $9,500,000
3. Replace deck of SR 306 bridge over I-90, $7,750,000
4. Paint steel on multiple bridges along SR 2 corridor, $6,000,000
5. Resurface I-90 from Rockefeller to west of SR 306, $5,910,000

Lorain County:

1. Widen Center Ridge Rd (U.S. 20) in North Ridgeville,$27,985,096
2. Repair the Charles Berry Bascule Bridge over the Black River in Lorain, $25,102,200
3. Replace the I-90 bridges in Sheffield Village/Avon, $9,460,000
4. Rehab pavement on I-90 in Avon/Sheffield Village/Elyria, $8,652,000
5. Improve Cooper Foster Park Rd in Lorain, $6,088,200

Medina County:

1. Improve U.S. 42 in Harrisville Twp and U.S. 224 in Westfield Twp,$15,923,212
2. Reconstruct North Carpenter Rd in Brunswick, $12,632,576
3. Improve SR 18 between Windfall Rd & the Medina Co line, $5,784,244
4. Resurface SR 18 between Stone Rd & the Lorain Co line, $4,671,567
5. Resurface Greenwich Rd between Harris Rd & SR 3, $3,522,000

The approved resolutions and the presentations from today’s Board meeting can be found on NOACA’s website, www.noaca.org.


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