Maple Highlands Trail Connection

Project Status and Future Connections

Overview
       Status of current project Current alignment Next steps for current project Future trail connection Why an alignment study is important Example of alignment study Alignment study proposal

Current Project Status
Right-of-Way Acquisition  Communication is in process with property owners  Donation letters have been sent  Appraisals are currently on hold per request of the City CE Document (Categorical Exclusion Process)  CE document was approved by ODOT earlier this summer (Environmental is cleared) Alignment  Alignment is set

Current Phase - Alignment

Current Project Status
Trailheads/Nodes  Design/site plan is complete  Design will be incorporated into final construction documents  Full planting and materials plan will be included

Fifth Avenue Trailhead

Fifth Avenue Trailhead

Fifth Avenue Trailhead

Center Street Trailhead

Center Street Trailhead

Center Street Trailhead

Water Street Trailhead

Water Street Trailhead

Water Street Trailhead

Current Project – Next Steps
Wayfinding  Location and design of wayfinding will be determined  Most likely a pre-fabricated wayfinding and kiosk system will be recommended Right-of-Way  Completed in the next four months (realistically)  We are not assuming that all property owners will donate  Purchasing takes longer than transferring ownership of a donated property Cost Estimate

Maple Highlands Trail - Next Phase
Future Connection  Connects Water St. (current phase) to Existing Maple Highlands Trail on S.R. 44

Future Alignment Study
Importance of Alignment Study  Assure that you have enough property  You want multiple alignment options before you apply for outside funding for implementation  Acquiring right-of-way vs. not acquiring right-of-way makes a major difference in cost and time  Right-of-way acquisition is an eligible expense for federal funds at an 80/20 match  End goal is to make sure you are asking for the appropriate amount of money and enough money to cover your eligible costs

Future Alignment Study
CSX property affects next phase  Environmental Design Group is already helping the City in talking to CSX  Even if federal funds are not used for property acquisition, we still have to follow ODOT regulations when talking to any property owner if the trail is going to be built with federal funds

Funding Changes
 $300 Million less than combined programs of SAFETEA-LU

Alignment Study - Example

Alignment Study - Example

Alignment Study - Example

Alignment Study - Example

Future Alignment Study - Proposal
Task 1 - Concept Alignment Study Coordinate with the City of Chardon staff to develop preliminary horizontal alignment for a 10’ separated all-purpose trail along the Maple Highlands Trail corridor. A. Review previous studies, maps, and information from Client and other sources. B. Site inventory of existing conditions within the corridor. C. Work with the Client to identify a preferred horizontal trail alignment. D. Identify trail alignment conflicts that would require changes to roadway or other shared improvements.

Future Alignment Study - Proposal
Task 2 –Cost Opinion We will review conceptual alignment study and make any necessary revisions to the plans. A. Prepare preliminary site plan(s) showing preferred alignment. B. Prepare final cost opinion. C. Prepare a report documenting plans, cost opinions, inventory, and analysis.

Future Alignment Study - Proposal
Task 3 – Typical Sections and Conceptual Renderings We will develop (up to) three typical sections and design two renderings that highlight two focus areas along the conceptual alignment. We will prepare color rendered plan enlargements, perspectives, and/or sections depicting the trail character and context to be used to promote the project to public and funders. A. Up to three trail sections will be developed showing typical materials, construction dimensions and possible buffer solutions. B. Detailed enlargement renderings will be rendered for two focus areas along the conceptual alignment. Renderings will be in full color and show before and after images.

Future Alignment Study - Proposal
Task 4 – NOACA Grant Application We will prepare the grant application to NOACA to obtain Preliminary Engineering and Design, and Construction funds for the Maple Highlands Trail Phase II. A. Organize and attend one meeting between NOACA, ODOT, and the City of Chardon to discuss the project prior to submitting the application. B. Complete the Application for Proposed Federal-Aid Projects and Programs as required by NOACA to obtain federal funds for the project. C. Provide a sealed cost opinion for the preliminary engineering, design and construction of the project.

Future Alignment Study - Proposal

Task 1 – Conceptual Alignment Study Task 2 – Cost Opinion Task 2 – Presentation Graphics and Conceptual Renderings Task 4 – NOACA Grant Application TOTAL

$6,750.00 $2,600.00 $1,250.00 $2,000.00 $12,600.00

Questions

Michelle Johnson Senior Planner/Project Manager mjohnson@envdesigngroup.com 513.461.2121 (cell) 330.375.1390 (office)

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