Title: CUY WEST CREEK GREENWAY
Sponsor: City of Brooklyn Heights
Estimated Total Cost: $7,489,963
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: NOACA
History/Background: In April, 2015, the Village of Brooklyn Heights and the City of Parma passed Resolution Nos. 05-2015 and 86-15, respectively, authorizing co-sponsorship with one another and coordination with West Creek Conservancy (WCC), Cleveland Metroparks and the Cities of Independence and Seven Hills to complete 5.68 miles of a shared use path known as the West Creek Greenway. The Village of Brooklyn Heights is the primary sponsor of this application.
CUY WEST CREEK GREENWAY - The proposed project involves completion of 5.68 miles of the West Creek Greenway, extending from the West Creek Reservation through Parma, Seven Hills and Independence, with multiple terminuses at the Towpath Trail and Cuyahoga Valley National Park (location map).
There are three separate shared use path segments within the proposed 5.68 mile West Creek Greenway shared use path network that will connect to approximately 5.0 miles of existing shared use paths.
• The first segment extends from Snow Road from the north to Ridgewood Drive to the south and follows a riparian area;
• The second segment extends from Dentzler Road south, west and east to just north of Pleasant Valley Drive to Broadview Road and is proposed within existing greenspace;
• The third segment extends from Crickett Road, east towards Edgewood and Hillside Drives, and extends north along I-77, all mostly adjacent to existing roadways and WCC protected lands.
The sponsor reports that the proposed 5.68 mile shared use path will be an Americans with Disabilities (ADA) compliant 10-foot wide paved trail and will meet all Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) / American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) standards.
The project’s estimated total cost is $7,489,963.
The estimated cost of preliminary engineering preliminary development (PEPD) is $384,873. The sponsor requests that eighty percent ($307,898) of the PEPD cost be funded with NOACA administered Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds. The sponsor will provide the twenty percent ($76,975) matching funds.
The estimated cost of preliminary engineering detailed design (PEDD) is $198,268. The sponsor requests that eighty percent ($158,614) of the PEDD cost be funded with STP funds. The sponsor will provide the twenty percent ($39,654) matching funds.
The estimated cost of construction (C) is $6,906,822. The sponsor is requesting $3,931,551 of the construction cost be funded with STP funds and $1,593,906 of the construction cost be funded with NOACA administered Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funds. The sponsor will provide $1,381,365 matching funds.
The sponsor will also be applying for Statewide Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funding for the full amount in addition to NOACA administered funding.
Staff Comment (Summary):
• This project is consistent with NOACA’s Connections+ 2035 Goal #3 (Preserve and Improve the Efficiency of the Transportation System).
• The project application request for TAP funds exceeds the $1.5 million cap, and will require a board-approved waiver.
• Recommend committee and public review in order to obtain comments.
Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC):
The Medina County Engineer (MCE) is not in favor of funding CUY WEST CREEK GREENWAY with NOACA administered STP funds, but MCE is in favor of funding the project with TAP and/or Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funds.
• Recommended for Planning and Programming Committee review.
Planning and Programming Committee:
• The Planning and Programming Committee recommended the sponsor apply for funding in the following hierarchy: Statewide Urban CMAQ funding program first; then, TAP funds, then STP funds.
• Recommended for Executive Committee review.
• No comments; recommended for Board of Directors' review.