Sponsor: City of Strongsville
Project Name: CUY SR 82-03.45
PID No: 99435
Estimated Total Cost: $1,343,551
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: ODOT
History/Background: In December 2014, the City of Strongsville approved Ordinance 2014-232 approving and authorizing the filing of an application to NOACA for funding assistance through its Transportation Improvement Program in connection with the IR-71/SR-82 interchange improvements-ramp B modifications.
Current Conditions: The sponsor reports that congestion and back-ups occur along SR-82 (Royalton Road) during AM and PM hours on weekdays, early afternoon on weekends and consistently throughout the day from November to January during the holiday season. The back-up extends from the northbound ramps at IR-71 to the South Park Mall. The sponsor also reports that, based on recent crash history, there are numerous rear end and sideswipe/passing crashes on SR-82 eastbound between the IR-71 northbound ramps and the South Park Mall.
Proposed Project: The proposed project involves improving the IR-71 interchange at SR-82, in the City of Strongsville (location map). The proposed project consists of changing the existing lane assignments for three SR-82 eastbound lanes at the IR-71 northbound ramp and widening the IR-71 northbound ramp such that two lanes of traffic can enter the ramp. According to the sponsor, the ability to turn right from two lanes is intended to alleviate the back-up due to congestion and to alleviate the need to pass and cut off vehicles waiting to enter the highway, therefore improving safety. The sponsor reports that the project was approved for Highway Safety Improvement (HSIP) funds in November 2014. The sponsor further reports that the HSIP funds will be available in January 2016.
The project’s estimated total cost, provided by the sponsor, is $1,343,551. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering preliminary development (PEPD) is $143,597. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering detailed design (PEDD) is $26,621. The PEPD and PEDD phases will be funded by ODOT. The estimated cost of construction (C) is $1,173,333. Ninety percent ($1,056,000) of the construction cost will be funded with HSIP funds. The sponsor will provide the remaining $117,333.
Staff Comment (Summary):
• ODOT 12 reports that the Interchange Modification Study (IMS) for this project hasn’t been approved yet. The project was submitted for Safety funding and received a score of 37/100, which is average. ODOT is doing the IMS and will be constructing the project.
• Recommend committee and public review in order to obtain comments pending ODOT review and approval of the required modification study.
• 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):