WADSWORTH: City Council on Tuesday adopted legislation to apply for funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation to improve the safety on routes to four of the city’s elementary schools.
Referred to as “Safe Routes to Schools,” the ODOT project has the objective of providing money to make improvements to sidewalks and other routes to schools to promote safety and to encourage more walking and bicycling by the students to school buildings.
Data to show the need for the improvements in the areas of Isham, Overlook, Valley View and Franklin elementary schools was obtained through a coordinated effort by the city, the school district, the Wadsworth Home Youth Schools parent-teacher organization, Wadsworth Police Department and the Medina County Health Department.
The improvements, based on the funds obtained by the city, could include new sidewalks and curb ramps; school, traffic and pedestrian signals; and crosswalks to link existing sidewalks with new sidewalks.
Maximum funding under Safe Routes to Schools for infrastructure projects that include sidewalks and ramps is $500,000, and for noninfrastructure, $30,000. The legislation adopted by the council indicates the proposed improvements in the areas of the four schools are expected to cost $530,000.
Streets or parts of streets on the list for needed improvements include Sunset, Stratford, Tolbert, Third, Springdale and Terraceview.
Flashing beacons are on the needed list for Main and Takacs and West and Good. Noninfrastructure projects include programs to promote safety and to encourage walking and bicycling to schools.
Funding would require a 20 percent match, which would come from the city and the school district.
A timeline indicates exploration of Safe Routes to Schools began in 2010. Funded projects are expected to begin in 2016.