Road Rehabilitation on Smith Road in Brook Park

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Project Name: CUY SMITH RD
Sponsor: City of Brook Park
Estimated Total Cost: $1,641,000
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: Repurposed Earmark funds

History/Background: The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, allows States and territories to repurpose certain funds originally earmarked for specific projects more than 10 years ago. The authority under subsection (a) …shall be applied to projects within the same general geographic area within 50 miles for which the funding was designated….

The City of Brook Park is the sponsor of an allocated earmark:

• OH-009 (Brook Park Aerospace Tech Park Access)

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved a request to repurpose the earmarks for Repair and resurface Smith Road in the City of Brook Park from Snow Road to Elm Avenue.

Proposed Project: The proposed project involves the asphalt resurfacing of Smith Road, from Snow Road to Elm Avenue, in Brook Park (location map). According to the sponsor, the proposed project is intended to restore ride-ability and extend the life of the roadway. The sponsor reports that anticipated work items include, but are not limited to asphalt resurfacing, concrete base repairs, curb repairs, catch basin repairs and utility casting adjustments.
The project’s estimated total cost, provided by the sponsor, is $1,641,000. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering detailed design (PEDD) is $85,000, which will be locally funded. The estimated cost of construction (C) is $1,400,000, utilizing $560,953 in repurposed earmark funds and $839,047 in local funds. The estimated cost of construction engineering (CE) is $156,000, which will be locally funded.

Staff Comment (Summary):
CONDITION: Smith Road is part of the Regional Priority Bikeway Network, and is part of the current Draft Cuyahoga Greenways Network (a TLCI Planning Study) as a "supporting" route. This project should address Smith Road's status of being included in the Regional Priority Bikeway Network by identifying an appropriate bicycle treatment on Smith Road or equivalent.

There are many ways to address a corridor being included in the Regional Priority Bikeway Network, including the following:
• Given the 24-hour volumes, a road diet with bike lanes is likely feasible. Since this is a five (5) lane section, there is room for buffered bike lanes, if desired.
• Identifying a nearby parallel neighborhood street that could be signed/marked as a safe bike route, that provides meaningful access to neighborhoods and local destinations.
• Identifying a nearby parallel road/corridor that is more desirable to Brook Park for inclusion in the Regional Priority Bikeway Network, instead of Smith Road. Coordination with neighboring jurisdictions is recommended for this approach. Coordination with AeroZone Alliance is also recommended for this approach.
• Shared Lane Markings ("Sharrows") on Smith Road are another option, though this roadway may experience higher volumes of traffic than is desirable for bicyclists to safely share a lane with motor vehicles.

RECOMMENDATION: The existing two-way left turn lane offers the opportunity to construct median refuge islands, to facilitate safe mid-block crossings. Residential neighborhoods on both sides of the road, along with desirable destinations on both sides of the road is an indicator that midblock crossings might be needed.

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.

Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC):

Public Involvement: