On December 16, 2016, the NOACA Board of Directors approved adding the projects described on this page to Connections+ 2035 - the long-range transportation plan and the State Fiscal Years 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program via Resolution 2016-037. Resolution 2016-036 verifies that these projects successfully completed Project Planning Review. The projects were endorsed by NOACA's:

  • Transportation Subcommittee
  • Planning and Programming Committee
  • Executive Committee

Sponsor: Cleveland Metroparks
Estimated Total Cost: $16,450,000
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: NOACA and ODOT

CUY RE-CONNECTING CLEVELAND: PATHWAYS TO OPPORTUNITY - The proposed project will complete several critical regional bicycle and pedestrian trails totaling 4.25 miles, including a new 365’ bridge to the lakefront, that are needed for a fully functional active transportation network. The project components will fill gaps in shared use trails in the northern section of the Industrial Valley known locally as “the Flats” and along the western neighborhoods of Cleveland and expand the impact and reach of bicycle and pedestrian access of these trails and to make new connections.

The Re-Connecting Cleveland project consists of the following project elements:

• Wendy Park Bridge (±0.25 miles, bridge and approaches) - links the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Trail (CFCT) to Wendy Park on Whiskey Island and Lake Erie;
• Whiskey Island Connector (±1.25 miles) - links the Wendy Park Bridge to Edgewater Park, three pedestrian tunnels and the Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway;
• Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway Connector (±0.15 miles) - links the CFCT to the Cleveland Lakefront Bikeway;
• Canal Basin Park Connector (±0.35 miles) - links the CFCT to Canal Basin Park, Rivergate Park, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Waterfront Line Rapid Transit, and Downtown Cleveland; and
• Red Line Greenway (±2.25 miles) - links the CFCT to two RTA Red Line Rapid Transit stations, and provides a primary commuting corridor from West 65th Street to Downtown Cleveland.

All project elements are located in the city of Cleveland (location map), and will be Americans with Disabilities (ADA) compliant 10-foot wide paved trails that will meet all Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) / American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) standards. 
The estimated total cost of the entire RE-CONNECTING CLEVELAND: PATHWAYS TO OPPORTUNITY project is $16,450,000. The project was awarded $7,950,000 in U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grant program funding. The Red Line Greenway was awarded $2,080,722 in the Statewide Congestion Management and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program funding in 2015. The sponsor reports that $6,419,278 will be provided through various sources, including State Capital Program ($1,000,000), Clean Ohio Trails Fund ($850,000) and private foundation support and Cleveland Metroparks ($4,569,278).

Staff Comment (Summary):

Programming Division:
• This project is consistent with NOACA’s Connections+ 2035 Goal #s 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.

Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC):

Public Involvement:

Committee Review:

Transportation Subcommittee:

  • No comments; recommended for Planning and Programming Committee review.

Planning and Programming Committee:

  • No comments; recommended for Executive Committee review.

Executive Committee:

  • No comments; recommended for Board of Directors' review.

Last updated: 12/22/2016 10:08:13 AM