304-01-17 Posting Date

North Shore Trail Phase 1

PID No. 106710

Ashtabula County Metroparks

Response Due Date:   EXTENDED :SUBMISSION MUST BE RECEIVED ON OR BEFORE November 3, 2017 at 4:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time

Ashtabula County Metroparks Paul Carpenter – President     Bob Best – Vice President  Terry Berkey – Commissioner Charlie Kohli – Commissioner Marie Lane – Commissioner  Larry Frimerman – Executive Director

Contracting agent:

Ashtabula County Metroparks

25 W Jefferson St. Jefferson, OH 44047

Attn: Larry Frimerman – Executive Director

PROJECT SUMMARY Scope of Project

The North Shore Trail is a 4.2 mile bike path in the city of Ashtabula, which is a continuation of the Western Reserve Greenway and a part of the Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway.  The corridor targeted for construction begins at the Morrison Station Trailhead of the Western Reserve Greenway on West Avenue in Ashtabula and descends to the Ashtabula Harbor, near to the Ashtabula River at the iconic Ashtabula Bascule Lift Bridge. The route continues on to Walnut Beach and Lake Erie. The purpose of the trail is to provide a non-motorized transportation linkage to connect students to schools, employees to employers, customers to merchants, trail users to users to the east to west Ohio Coastal Trail and Lake Erie. The entirety of the North Shore Trail is within the City Limits of the City of Ashtabula. The great majority of the 4.2 mile trail is on-road due to the urban nature of the area. The route permits tie-ins and accessibility to a high percentage of Ashtabula residents for transportation and recreational purposes since the trail is within 1.5 miles of nearly every portion of the city.

The Ashtabula County Metroparks, Project Sponsor, has secured (with the financial assistance of ODNR Recreational Trails Fund, Civic Development Corporation and the Morrison Foundation) easements and access along the entire route. The Memorandum of Understanding between Metroparks and the City of Ashtabula provides the long term access as well as formalizes the responsibilities of Metroparks as trail and Project Sponsor and the City of Ashtabula with respect to control, construction and maintenance of the Trail. As such, it commits the City to providing the roadway and land access to Metroparks for all of the on-road and most of the off-road sections of trail. The two longest stretches off road are through Smith Field Park and through the uncompleted portion of Michigan Avenue. The Trail itself will be designed to be ADA compliant. There are many destinations, public parking bike racks and public restroom facilities at the Ashtabula Harbor terminus. At Walnut Beach and Lake Erie, there is a parking lot, restroom facilities, and other amenities. Metroparks may also incorporate a trail head and attendant parking area for riders at the Harbor.

In addition, the route offers Point Park, the Maritime and Surface Transportation Museum, the historic Hubbard House Underground Railroad Museum and Harbor Library within a two block span.  This trail will remain open 24/7. There are many access points and parking locations to connect with. Since the North Shore Trail is in a city and predominantly on public roadways it will always be open to the public.

Project Funding

Preliminary Engineering and Design for this project has been fully funded by the Ashtabula Civic Development Corporation as part of a Metroparks proposal to ODOT for Transportation Alternative Funds (TAP) funds for 95% of project-eligible cost reimbursement (construction costs), thus, this project will need to be designed to meet all ADA, ODOT and AASHTO standards.

Please note that the Ashtabula Metroparks is issuing this RFQ in anticipation that TAP funds will be awarded for this project.

Evaluation of Qualifications

We will review qualifications from interested firms and select the most qualified firms based on, but not limited to, the following criteria:

  • Strength of the firm as indicated by the technical training, education, and experience of the firm’s pe Technical training, education, and experience of key personnel assigned to the project will be heavily weighted in Metroparks’ evaluation of the firm.;
  • Current workload of the firm and the availability of assigned personnel, equipment and facilities to perform the required professional design services competently and efficiently;
  • Past performance of the firm as reflected by the evaluations of previous clients with respect to such factors as control of costs, quality of work, and meeting deadlines;
  • Previous experience with projects of a similar nature and similar scale;
  • Qualifications of the proposed Project Manager who would serve as Metroparks’ primary point of contact and will have decision making capacity;
  • Past experience with ODOT and federally funded trail projects as well as past experience with LPA trail projects;
  • Experience with sustainable design, material selection, and construction. 

For More information View Full RFQ Here:           RFQ NST 9-29-17updated

Or Contact Larry Frimerman:  Email:  lfrimerman@ashtabulametroparks.com            Phone: 440.650.4124 


Design Consultant Contract: November 2017

Construction package complete: Winter-Spring 2019

Construction Contractor Selection and Contract: Spring-Summer 2019

Begin construction:   August 2019-Fall 2019





Interested firms wishing to offer their services please submit:

  1. a) Five (5) copies
  2. b) 8 ½” x 11” paper only
  3. c) Page Numbers to be centered at bottom of page
  4. d) Minimum font size of 12 point and maintain 1” margins on all sides.
  5. e) DO NOT provide tabbed inserts or other features that may interfere with machine copying.
  6. f) Provide PDF Copy of submittal either on flash drive or disk.

Clearly marked on the outside of the envelope:



Mail to the attention of and submit questions to:


Larry Frimerman, Executive Director

Ashtabula County Metroparks

25 W. Jefferson Street

Jefferson OH 44047

SUBMISSION MUST BE RECEIVED ON OR BEFORE November 3, 2017 at 4:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time

SUBMISSION MUST BE RECEIVED ON OR BEFORE  :on the response due date listed above.