Berea pursues grant to study transportation connectivity options

BEREA, Ohio — At its Monday (Oct. 5) meeting, Berea City Council unanimously passed an ordinance authorizing Mayor Cyril Kleem to apply for Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency funds to investigate potential transportation connectivity options.


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NOACA’s Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative Planning Studies Program “assists communities and public agencies with integrated transportation and land use planning projects that strengthen community livability,” according to the legislation.

If the city’s application receives approval, Berea will enter into a contract with NOACA and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

“What (the city would like to do is) apply for a grant that would enable a study of all modes of transportation … and really look from the campus of City Hall out through this whole area to get some recommendations,” explained Safety Director/Law Director Barbara Jones.

Ideas would be generated for determining ways to better link Berea’s downtown district and Coe Lake to Baldwin Wallace University, the Cleveland Metroparks, and the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, among other outlying areas. Vehicle traffic, bicycle and horse access, and pedestrian travel would be evaluated.

Berea is designated as an Urban Core Community because of its population density and urbanization, street density, age of housing stock, walkability and property value per capita. That designation enables a full waiver of the study cost, Jones said.

Councilman Jim Maxwell asked what the study results could indicate and what actions the city might take as a result.

“Part of the study is designed to take various institutions and find ways to better link them together,” Jones replied. “We’re just looking for some input as to what we can do in the future to better improve transportation between those entities.”

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