Mary Alice Reporting –

Ohio’s governor and the Ohio Department of Transportation once again awarded funding to improve safety for students walking or biking to and from schools.

Over $9.8 million in projects will occur for schools in 25 counties through the Safe Routes to School program.

Among the districts receiving dollars was for Indian Valley Local School, as the Village of Port Washington plans to install new sidewalk through the main hub of the village, benefiting students at the elementary building. These streets include portions of Main, School, Arch, North Street, Clairsville, and St. Clairsville. The project will see reconstructed sidewalks and ADA requirements being meet. They were awarded $221,000.

Meanwhile, Strasburg-Franklin Local received $309,000 for the rehabilitation of sidewalks along 1st and 2nd Streets NW to aid in promoting students to walk and bike to the district’s campus.

For the two school projects, the funding came from the Safe Routes program but also from the ODOT Highway Safety Improvement program.

In addition, the Village of West Lafayette was granted $209,000 to complete a non-construction phase of sidewalk installation combined with the construction of new sidewalks in the village for the Ridgewood Local School district.

Construction on new sidewalks will also be seen along the north side of Winesburg Elementary, in the East Holmes Local School District, which will add approximately 230 linear feet of walkway. They received $214,500.

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