Malvern receives ODOT Safe Routes to School grant for new school
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, August 1, 2016) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) recently awarded the village of Malvern and Brown Local School District a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grant, totaling $246,500, for a project that will provide safer access for students who walk or bicycle to their new school, opening this school year (2016-2017).
Ohio makes approximately $4 million available each year to assist local communities in improving safety for students in Kindergarten through the eighth grade that walk or bicycle to school. Funding is available for a variety of activities, including: Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, and Evaluation.
Malvern’s grant will fund preliminary development and construction of a new, five-foot wide sidewalk and lighting along Coral Road as well as the addition of pedestrian signals and crosswalks at the existing signalized intersection of Reed Avenue and State Route 43. Construction funds for the project will be available, beginning July 1, 2019.
“We look forward to working with Malvern as they continue to develop safety improvements for the many K-8th grade students who will walk and bicycle to their new school,” said ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam. “We encourage everyone to make traveling safely to school a top priority. Talk to your students. Set good examples of safe walking, bicycling and driving behavior, and stay alert when traveling in or around school zones.”
Local governments submitted 55 projects worth more than $10 million this year. Local and regional governments, schools and community organizations are eligible to apply for these federal funds. For more information on the SRTS program and applications, visit: www.dot.state.oh.us/SafeRoutes.
ODOT has administered the SRTS program since 2006. Today, SRTS has a presence in 72 of Ohio’s counties and has awarded more than $64 million for 550 projects in the state.
The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains the state's largest man-made asset – the transportation system. ODOT's mission is to provide the safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $2.8 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email Becky.Giauque@dot.ohio.gov