Safe Routes to School Project Kicks Off Next Week in Pataskala

Jacksontown, Ohio (Friday, May 31, 2013)  A Safe Routes to School project is set to begin Monday, June 3rd, in Pataskala near Pataskala Elementary School in Licking County.
 
Ohio's Safe Routes to School Program is designed to assist communities in developing and implementing projects and programs that encourage and enable children in grades k-8, including those with disabilities, to walk or bike to school safely.
The Safe Routes to School project near Pataskala Elementary School consists of the reconstruction of existing sidewalks, the addition of new sidewalks as well as the addition of crosswalks to the area of the project. The location of these enhancements will take place along the corridors of High St., Broadway St., Cedar St., Granville St., and 2nd St., all near Pataskala Elementary School.
 
“Our goal with these projects is to help communities improve safety,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “We believe the Safe Routes to School program is a great way to encourage safer behavior by working with local communities and their kids.”
 
The Grants funding ODOT’s Statewide Safe Routes to School Program are used to help communities improve safety for school children by building or improving sidewalks and crosswalks. It will also provide more education and encouragement to help children learn how to be safe when walking or bicycling to school.
 
Local and regional governments, schools and community organizations are eligible to apply for funding.
 
A complete list of Safe Routes to School award recipients and projects is available here.
The contractor for this $395,162 project is Shelly & Sands, Inc., from, Columbus, Ohio. Work is set to be completed by August 9th, 2013, weather permitting.
 
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For additional information, please contact:
Lauren Holdsworth, Public Information Specialist, at (740) 323-5204
or email D05.PIO@dot.state.oh.us