NOACA initiated project planning review for this project in third quarter SFY 2017, but the Planning and Programming Committee recommended that the project be referred back to staff for further analysis. The project is reintroduced for PPR in the fourth quarter of SFY 2017. The project will be reviewed and considered at the following NOACA subcommittee/committee meetings:
NOACA's Board of Directors will consider adding this project to Connections+ 2035, the region's long-range transportation plan and the SFYs 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program on June 9, 2017.
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: $8,700,000
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 $8,700,000. The estimated cost right-of-way (RW) is $500,000. The estimated cost of construction (C) is $8,200,000. The RW and C will be funded with $801,180 in Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) redirected SAFETEA-LU earmark, $905,520 in Public Lands Highway Discretionary (PLHD) funds and $6,993,300 in private funds.
The project is being analyzed for air quality conformity prior to NOACA Board of Directors action. Conformity requires concurring resolutions from Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS) and Erie Regional Planning Commission (ERPC). The proposed project’s conformity results will be posted on the website for public review and comment leading up to the NOACA Board of Directors’ amendment action.
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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Suggested removing the sidewalk on the west side of the bridge near the slip ramp because it is in an unsafe area.
Planning and Programming Committee: