November 23, 2014

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Grant provides Elyria with funds for transportation planning study

ELYRIA — Elyria will look at all of its major thoroughfares to determine how they can be improved with a $50,000 planning grant from the Northeast Ohio Area Coordinating Agency.

NOACA announced Elyria would be awarded the Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative grant, which can be used to upgrade the city’s master transportation plan.

While the grant does not give the city any money to perform any of the upgrades that come from the study, it does allow the city to put a plan in place so it can then go after funding.

“When projects are thoughtfully planned from the beginning, they’re more likely to be funded and implemented,” said Howard R. Maier, NOACA executive director. “We’re pleased to help communities get a funding boost to develop comprehensive plans for their transportation improvements through the TLCI.”

Mayor Bill Grace said the $50,000 will pay for a consultant to look at such major travel arteries as state Route 57, Broad Street, North Abbe Road, Lake Avenue, Lorain Boulevard and Chestnut Ridge Road.

Traffic counts will be conducted and consultants will determine the necessity of adding turn lanes, extending existing turn lanes and adding or removing traffic signals.

In addition, the study will look at roads that are not currently eligible for federal funding, but the city believes should receive such funding based on their current traffic volume.

“Like South Abbe Road from Broad Street to Chestnut Ridge — funding projects on that road is difficult because it is not eligible for federal funds,” Grace said.

It will be several months before the study is completed.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com.