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Corridor Planning Request for Letters of Intent

Eastgate Regional Council of Governments (Eastgate) is seeking a corridor for study to further its mission of providing a regional forum to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern, and to develop recommendations and plans to address those issues. Corridors form the primary connections between cities, neighborhoods, suburbs, and the region. Eastgate as a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is in a unique position to plan for corridors given that MPOs can facilitate land use and transportation, connect infrastructure to development decisions, and coordinate redevelopment along multi-jurisdictional corridors by building partnerships between numerous public and private organizations.

Eastgate seeks to study and prepare a comprehensive transportation plan for a corridor to compliment the development of the 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan and to assist its member communities in improving the viability and adaptability of a transportation system built in and for a different era. The corridor should be between one and five miles in length. The scope of work for the corridor will be determined by Eastgate staff and appropriate stakeholders. The general scope of work will include the following:

  1. Identification & Scope of Study
  2. Inventory of Existing Conditions
  3. Data Analysis
  4. Goal Setting & Scenario Development
  5. Report
  6. Adoption & Technical Assistance for Implementation

The report may include a vision and goals for the corridor, an overview of existing conditions, a market analysis for redevelopment, a transportation improvement plan, and an implementation plan. Eastgate will follow ODOT’s project development process for Phase I Planning (PL). Engagement with a steering committee and stakeholder interviews will compliment several phases of public participation. Eastgate is dedicating significant staff time and resources towards this initiative, including being a navigator for programming transportation projects that result from the report and implementation plan. Upon selection, a Memorandum of Understanding will be created to ensure commitment and cooperation by sponsoring community(ies).


Only communities that have legal authority to sponsor a federal-aid capital improvement in Mahoning and Trumbull counties are eligible to apply. The corridor must include a roadway that is a federal-aid route. If the roadway is owned by another entity such as the county or state, a letter of support from the roadway owner is required. Communities are strongly encouraged to partner with other communities to form a multi-jurisdictional geography. Communities may submit more than one corridor.

Letter of Intent

A Letter of Intent, or LOI, is requested by sponsoring jurisdictions by February 15th, 2019. The LOI should be signed by an executive representative of the community, such as a mayor or trustee. The LOI should include the following:

  1. Identification of the corridor being proposed.
  2. Identification of partnering community(ies) and/or community organizations that will take part in the planning process.
  3. Commitment of staff time and resources. Staff time may include but are not limited to surveying, public outreach, and data collection. Resources may include but are not limited to meeting spaces, refreshments, and printing services.
  4. Identification of comprehensive transportation planning vision and/or need. Vision and/or need may include but is not limited to the following transportation planning goals of Eastgate’s Metropolitan Transportation Plan:
  • Economy
    • Economy includes movement of people and goods and strategies for reinvestment and future development.
  • Mobility
    • Mobility includes alternative transportation, accessibility, and transit.
  • Resiliency
    • Resiliency includes air quality, environmental planning, energy, land use, and quality of life.
  • Safety
    • Safety includes identifying and preventing crashes.
  • System Performance
    • System performance includes access, asset, and congestion management.
  • Technology
    • Technology includes intelligent transportation systems, security, and connected and autonomous vehicles.

Letters should be sent to Ken Sympson, Director of Transportation. Letters will be reviewed by Eastgate staff. The proposed geography will be chosen by Eastgate staff during February of 2019. The scope of work for the selected corridor will be finalized in March of 2019. 

For questions and clarifications, please contact Ken Sympson at or 234.254.1502.