On June 9, 2017, the NOACA Board of Directors approved adding the project below to Connections+ 2035 - the long-range transportation plan and the State Fiscal Years 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program. Resolution 2017-022 verifies that this project successfully completed Project Planning Review. The project was endorsed by NOACA's:
• Transportation Subcommittee
• Planning and Programming Committee
• Executive Committee
Improvements at Granger Road and Transportation Boulevard in Garfield Heights
Sponsor: Garfield Heights
Project Name: CUY Granger Rd/ Transportation Blvd Widening Phase II
Estimated Total Cost: $5,206,742
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: Earmark and Garfield Heights
History/Background: The City of Garfield Heights retained a consultant to perform an Interchange Operations Study (IOS) for the Interstate 480 / Transportation Boulevard interchange (study area map). The purpose of this study was to determine if improvements proposed as part of the Outlets of Cleveland Traffic Impact Study would degrade the operation of Interstate 480 (I-480) in the immediate vicinity of the Transportation Boulevard interchange and if so, what actions are required to address such degradation. The IOS was submitted to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Office of Roadway Engineering for review. The Office of Roadway Engineering reviewed the study and determined that the proposed improvements will not degrade operations on I-480 below acceptable levels. The study met ODOT requirements for an Interchange Operations Study (IOS) and therefore was approved.
Proposed Project: The proposed project on Granger Road, Transportation Boulevard and the I-480 exit ramps (illustration) will include the following:
- Widening Transportation Boulevard, from four lanes to five lanes, from the I-480 overpass bridge to the Granger Road intersection
- Widening the bridge on Transportation Boulevard by one lane on the west side and replacing the sidewalk
- Widening I-480 westbound off ramp from two lanes to three lanes
- Creating northbound left turn opposite I-480 westbound ramps and replacing the signal;
- Widening Granger Road from three lanes to four lanes;
- Adding a new traffic signal at the intersection of Granger Road and Overdrive Way;
- Realigning the ODOT District 12 main entrance drive opposite Center South Drive; and
- Adding a new traffic signal at Center South Drive
- The project’s estimated total cost, provided by the sponsor, is $5,206,742. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering preliminary development (PEPD) is $57,525. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering detailed design (PEDD) is $5,922. The estimated cost of construction (C) is $5,143,295. The PEPD and PEDD will be funded with state funds. The C will be funded with $1,627,848 in Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) redirected SAFETEA-LU earmarks and $3,515,447 in private funds.
Staff Comment (Summary):
Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC):
- Continuous pedestrian access shall be provided within the project area and shall provide connectivity to existing sidewalks, even if outside of the project limits. Connectivity shall be provided at least to the facilities just outside of the highway ramp interchanges.
- Make continuous through the corridor and improve the roadway crossings.
- The sponsor should coordinate with GCRTA due to the project’s possible interruption of the 90F bus service which travels the Granger Road and Transportation Blvd. corridors. Early communication with the transit agency helps with better preparation if and when they need to reroute or change service.
- Sponsor should coordinate with GCRTA for bus stop accessibility and maintenance of traffic.
- The proposed roadway improvements are still justified based on new development plans.
- Recommend committee and public review in order to obtain comments.
Public Involvement (leave comments):
Transit Advisory Council:
- Project sponsor should maintain and/or enhance the public transit routes, shelters and waiting areas as part of this project.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council:
- Suggest removing the sidewalk on the west side of the bridge near the slip ramp because it is in an unsafe area.
- No comments; recommended for Planning & Programming Committee review.
Planning and Programming Committee:
- No comments; recommended for Executive Committee review.
- No comments; recommended for Board of Directors' review.