Title: Construct a Shared Use Trail in Chardon
Estimated Total Cost: $1,982,023
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: NOACA
History/Background: The Maple Highlands Trail is a 12.4-mile long lineal park that utilizes sections of the abandoned Baltimore & Ohio Railroad corridor.
Current Conditions: Phase I of the Maple Highlands Trail is 0.47 miles in length from Fifth Avenue, south to Water Street (US-6). Construction is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2015.
Proposed Project (GEA MAPLE HIGHLANDS TRAIL PHASE II): This project involves the construction of a 0.86 mile shared use trail extending from Water Street (US-6) south to SR-44 (South Street), in Chardon (location map). According to the sponsor, Phase II of the trail will be very similar to the trail being designed in Phase I. An ADA (Americans with Disabilities) compliant 10’ paved trail is being proposed and it will meet all Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials) standards, as required by the federal funding source. The sponsor reports that a trailhead is being proposed on city-owned property along the trail alignment just north of Park Avenue. Also, a public restroom, drinking fountain and parking are proposed as part of the trailhead conceptual design. Decorative trail crossings are proposed at Park Avenue and SR-44. The installation of a HAWK (High-Intensity Activated crosswalk beacon) signal is being considered at SR-44.
The project’s estimated total cost is $1,982,023. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering preliminary development (PEPD) is $134,810. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering detailed design (PEDD) is $89,873. The PEPD and PEDD will be funded by the sponsor. The estimated cost of right-of-way (RW) is $503,856. The sponsor is requesting $226,928 of the RW be funded with NOACA-attributable Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) funds. The sponsor will provide the remaining $276,928 matching funds. The estimated cost of construction (C) is $1,253,484. The sponsor is requesting eighty percent ($1,002,787) of the construction (C) cost to be funded with TAP funds. The sponsor will provide the twenty percent ($250,697) matching funds.
Staff Comment (Summary):
• This project is consistent with NOACA’s Connections+ 2035 Goals #3 (Preserve and Improve the Efficiency of the Transportation System) and #4 (Establish a Balanced System which Enhances Modal Choices).
• Recommend committee and public review in order to obtain comments.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC):
• This trail segment is included in the 2013 Regional Priority Bikeway Network (RPBN). The BPAC supports this project.
• The project sponsor should install advance warning signage along the roadway and shared use path at both intersections.
• The project sponsor should investigate providing access to the trail from adjacent residential streets.
• The Transportation Subcommittee did not have a quorum of members present at its meeting. The consensus among the attending members was to recommend the project for Planning and Programming Committee review.
Planning & Programming Committee:
• No comments; recommended for Executive Committee review.
• No comments; recommended for Board of Directors' review.
Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC):