Improvements Along Cleveland Street in Elyria

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Sponsor: City of Elyria

Estimated Total Cost: $7,206,891

Proposed Source of Federal Funds: ODOT and NOACA  

History/Background: The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Safety program provides funds to ODOT and local governments for highway safety treatments or corrective activity designed to alleviate a safety problem or a potentially hazardous situation. The program is funded at approximately $100 million annually. Priority is given to those projects with recommended activities/countermeasures that improve safety at roadway locations with a high frequency, severity, and rate of crashes.

There are two application cycles per year. Applications must be signed off by the respective ODOT District Safety Review Team. A safety engineering study must typically accompany the application unless the application is for preliminary engineering funds to complete the study.

The following project was selected for Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funding.

The NOACA Board of Directors adopted Resolution 2019-045 approving the projects to be funded with NOACA administered Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funding and STBG set-asides for Transportation Alternatives Projects (TAP) for the state fiscal year (SFY)  2021 – 2024 Transportation Improvement Program.  The projects recommended for NOACA funding included rehabilitation of Cleveland Street, in the City of Elyria.     

Proposed Project: LOR CR-658 - 00.00 (CLEVELAND ST): PID No. 110986 - This project involves rehabilitation along Cleveland Street, from East Bridge Street and Gulf Road to Hawthorne Street in Elyria (maps and illustrations). The work will include full and partial depth pavement repair, resurfacing, replacement of curbs, deteriorated culverts and roadway drainage catch basins, and installation of a roadway underdrain system and conduit. The City will also implement a road diet, reducing the number of lanes along Cleveland Avenue, from four (4) through lanes to three (3) lanes (one lane in each direction and a center turn lane).

According to the sponsor, the number of curb cuts will be minimized, access point locations will be controlled and bicycle lanes will be possible. The project will also include crosswalks, ADA (Americans with Disabilities) ramps, intersection improvements, new sidewalk, lighting and the creation of bicycle lanes. The project will also include pavement markings, signage and the replacement of the traffic signal at the intersection of Olive Street and possibly Gulf Road.  Traffic calming measures will also be considered with the project including curb bump-outs and contrasting pavements. The project will also involve improvements to the intersection at East Bridge Street/Cleveland Street with four-leg non-circular roundabout.

The STBG funding is dedicated to the roadway rehabilitation component of the project. The HSIP funding is dedicated to the road diet and roundabout components of the project.

The project’s estimated total cost is $7,206,891. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering preliminary development (PEPD) is $352,952. The estimated cost of preliminary engineering detailed design (PEDD) is $173,842. The estimated cost of right-of-way (RW) is $300,000. The PEPD, PEDD and RW will be funded with HSIP funds ($744,115) and local funds ($82,679). The estimated cost of construction (CO) is $5,900,097. The CO will be funded with STBG funds ($3,329,686), HSIP funds ($1,255,885) and local funds ($1,314,527). The estimated cost of construction engineering (CE) is $480,000. The CE will be locally funded.

Staff Comment (Summary):

 RECOMMENDATION:

  • A transition for the bike lane into the roundabout should be provided, such as wide sidewalks/shared use paths and signage for bike traffic moving through the roundabout intersection.
  • Consider utilizing ladder-style crosswalk markings across Cleveland Street, in addition to the contrasting pavement.The visual contrast of a differing pavement type tends to fade over time, and ladder-style markings would maintain the safety benefit of a high-visibility crosswalk.(Example: see West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue intersection crosswalks).
  • Consider utilizing the center turn lane to create median refuge islands to improve the safety of crosswalks along the corridor. Median refuge islands are an FHWA Proven Safety Countermeasure.
  • The work summarized in this PPR will occur within two subwatersheds:1) Black River Mainstem and Jackson Ditch-East Branch Black River.According to Ohio EPA’s 2018 Integrated Report (IR) Watershed Assessment Unit (WAU) summary, sampling results along the Black River Mainstems subwatershed indicate that the river is in full and partial attainment of its Aquatic Life Uses (ALUs).The WAU lists the causes of impairment as due to nutrients and conductivity modifications associated with municipal point source discharges.According to the 2018 IR WAUs, the Jackson Ditch-East Branch Black River subwatershed's sampling sites are in full, partial and nonattainment due to sedimentation/siltation due to natural causes (Black River falls)NOACA staff recommends that ODOT maintain stormwater runoff on-site for as long as possible to keep nonpoint source pollutants from reaching the Black River.NOACA staff also recommends that ODOT consider incorporating habitat restoration along the river wherever possible.

Committee Review:

Transportation Subcommittee:

  • No comments; recommended for Planning and Programming Committee review

Planning and Programming Subcommittee:

  • No comments; recommended for Executive Committee review

Executive Committee:

  • No comments; recommended for Executive Committee review

Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC):

Public Involvement: