July 29, 2015                                                                       Volume 5, Issue 7

NOACA-funded road repair projects implemented   


During the first week in July, seven road repair projects in the City of Cleveland got underway thanks to funding by NOACA's Provisional Transportation Asset Management Program (PTAMP). The PTAMP is the precursor to NOACA's Transportation Asset Management Program (TAMP), a systematic program that will focus on improving and restoring the region's roads to an acceptable operating condition. The PTAMP is transitory, addressing critical road and pavement projects while the TAMP is being developed. NOACA's Board of Directors approved funding the seven Cleveland projects plus one in Elyria in State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2015 of the PTAMP, and approved funding 13 more projects in Cuyahoga, Lake and Lorain counties for SFY 2016.  


Hold the date for NOACA's Annual Meeting 


NOACA will host its Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 24 at the Cleveland Convention Center. In a new twist this year, the meeting will be held in the evening from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Stay tuned for more information regarding the evening's program and how to register.   


NOACA extends Commuter Choice Awards deadline


NOACA is extending the deadline for submitting 2015 Commuter Choice Awards applications to Friday, August 14. If your employer encourages environmentally friendly modes of transportation, including transit, carpooling, bicycling, and walking, and offers incentives to employees for using alternative modes, urge a company representative to apply for an award today. To apply, complete the Commuter Choice Awards online survey. Find out if your company has what it takes to be designated a regional leader for alternative commute options.        

Join NOACA on August 19 for the Summer Cycle & Stroll Spectacular   


Join NOACA on Wednesday, August 19 for the Summer Cycle & Stroll Spectacular, a day-long series of bicycle and pedestrian-related events for planners, engineers and anyone interested in active transportation infrastructure. In the morning, NOACA will lead a tour of new or locally innovative bicycle/pedestrian facilities, and will sponsor viewings of two free afternoon webinars at the agency's office at 1299 Superior Avenue in Cleveland. You can attend the bicycle/pedestrian facilities tour, one or both webinars, or all three events. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits will be available for attending the tour and webinars. Register by Friday, August 14-each event has a limit of 30 attendees. 


The day's schedule is as follows:

For additional information about the Summer Cycle & Stroll Spectacular or to register, email or call NOACA Active Transportation Engineer Melissa Thompson, 216-241-2414, ext. 344.


State Fiscal Year 2016 traffic count program underway


This month, NOACA and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) kicked off Northeast Ohio's State Fiscal Year 2016 traffic count program. Traffic counts help planners get a better picture of travel patterns in the region, and are used for transportation modeling, congestion management studies, freight analysis, asset management, and scoring proposed transportation improvements. NOACA and ODOT collaborate on traffic counts with ODOT collecting counts on the roadways it maintains and NOACA taking counts on federal-aid roads not maintained by ODOT. NOACA expects to collect counts at 342 locations this year. Traffic counts are 24-hour average daily traffic for all motorized vehicles on a segment of roadway.  


NOACA updates GIS Data Portal    


NOACA's website features a home page link to a Geographic Information System (GIS) Data Portal that allows users to access GIS data via an interactive map. The GIS Data Portal offers communities and planners traffic counts, truck counts, pavement and sidewalk condition data, the Regional Priority Bikeway Network, and locations of Transportation for Livable Communities projects with links to the completed studies. NOACA has recently updated the GIS Data Portal and added new features, including Google Maps Street View. The Data Portal is a great resource that provides regional demographic information and other important statistics necessary for making informed and strategic decisions for future transportation investment and economic development. Visit the GIS Data Portal web page for instructions on how to access the data.


NOACA technical assistance helps pave the way for interchange modification


Next spring, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will widen the I-271 northbound exit at Cedar/Brainard Roads to three lanes and widen Brainard Road to reduce vehicle queue lengths and accidents at the interchange. The origins of this project can be traced to a 2012 NOACA road safety audit (RSA) that analyzed the I-271/Cedar Road/Brainard Road interchange for system inefficiencies, operational problems and safety issues. The RSA resulted in short-, medium- and long-term recommendations for improving the interchange. After RSA completion, ODOT implemented some of the NOACA-proposed recommendations-including changing traffic signal timing and installing raised pavement markers with flexible posts-as short-term improvements.


ODOT subsequently conducted a comprehensive Interchange Modification Study (IMS) to further refine and address many of the recommendations NOACA identified in its RSA. The IMS confirmed that modifying the interchange would improve roadway level of service and motorist safety.


Nominate an organization or individual for 2015 Sustainable Cleveland Award   


The City of Cleveland's Office of Sustainability seeks nominations for its 2015 Sustainable Cleveland Awards. These awards recognize businesses, community organizations and individuals who are helping Cleveland achieve its climate action and sustainability goals.

Nominations should focus on a recent (within the past year) project or practice that demonstrates leadership in climate action. Projects should be closely tied to the citywide climate goals identified in the 2013 Cleveland Climate Action Plan. Organizations can nominate one of their own projects or a project from another entity.


Read more about eligibility requirements on the award application form. Nominations are due August 31, 2015. Award recipients will be recognized at the 7th annual Sustainable Cleveland Summit on September 17, 2015. 


Little Free Library installed on Superior Avenue at NOACA

As a project proposed by Cleveland State University's Leadership Academy class, NOACA installed a Little Free Library-a small box containing books available to all-on the sidewalk in front of 1299 Superior Avenue. "Take a book, return a book" is the concept behind the Little Free Library. People can stop by, pick up a book to read and return later, or bring books to add to the collection. It is a fun way to encourage people of all ages, including children, to read more and share books at no cost. Check it out, and if you feel so inclined, add a book that you have already read to the collection for others to enjoy. 


Grace Gallucci, Executive Director
1299 Superior Avenue | 216.241.2414, ext. 100

Website: www.noaca.org