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Mary Alice Reporting:

(Tuesday, November 27th) Dover, Ohio – The City of Dover applied for a program to provide infrastructure so students can reach school safely.

Throughout the year, the city has worked with the school district, the Ohio Department of Transportation, OMEGA, and residents to form a safe routes plan to Kindergarten through 8th-grade school buildings.

OMEGA Transportation Planner and Development Specialist Kevin Buettner explains that the program’s goal is for kids to walk or bike to school safely by fixing sidewalks and other improvements. He notes that the highest priority would be to address the sidewalks near East Elementary.

Dover Schools Superintendent Carla Birney says that it’s been an enlightening experience looking at the improvements needed to create a safe school route.

“We have completed our school travel plan and the next step, Kevin Buettner will work with the city of Dover to write the grant.”

Buettner adds that the school will not pay for this program and any needed funding will come from the city. The grant is up to $400,000 with no local match requirement.

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