Parkman as school site is topic of controversy

The city applied for a safety grant to widen roads on the West Side.



WARREN — Parkman Road is the hot topic of discussion at school board meetings, and is now drawing the attention of some city officials.

Parkman Road and the McGuffey school property off Tod Avenue Northwest are the two sites board of education members have to choose from for the last school to be built under an Ohio School Facilities Commission program.

Councilman Fiore Dippolito, D-1st, said that he is concerned that people are getting the wrong impression about the Parkman Road site and that he thinks it’s the best.

City Auditor David Griffing said at a Tuesday council safety meeting that council does not have a say in where the school site should be.

At the last board of education meeting in September, it was mentioned that the Parkman Road site is a traffic hazard, and that many accidents have occurred there. Dippolito wanted to know how many accidents have happened at the site.

Bill Totten, city director of engineering, said 12,000 cars travel that road a day. He said between the years 2004 and 2006, 128 traffic accidents happened in that area. He said it is the 12th-highest accident-prone place in Trumbull County.

Safety/Service Director Doug Franklin said that Warren gets more traffic than any other place in the county, so being the 12th highest is deceiving.

The city received a safety grant for phase one of the safety study by the Ohio Department of Transportation. The grant of $1.8 million is to construct sidewalks and curbs along Parkman from Market Street up to Coit Road.

The construction will begin next summer.

The city applied for a second grant of $5 million to widen Coit and Leavitt roads, which are off Parkman.

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