Village officials estimate that a $400,000 project designed to improve walking-and biking safety and access to the school complex is about two-thirds finished — and remain hopeful it will be done by the school year’s start in late August.
“It speaks for itself,” said Lowellville Mayor James Iudiciani Sr., referring to the project. “It will be much safer ... and the aesthetics are much nicer.”
This construction of new sidewalks and curbs in the village — an effort that concentrates on “the main arteries down to the school” at 52 Rocket Place, Iudiciani said — is funded through the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program. Obtaining the funding was a years-long process, he added.
One of the first steps toward reaching that goal was the village’s creating a travel plan, which it submitted in August 2010. The travel plan, which is available on ODOT’s website, includes the results of an in-school tally survey and a take-home parental survey. Both show that the vast majority of children arrived at and left school by school bus or family vehicle.
Only a very small percentage of students walked or bicycled to and from school.
Read more about the survey and the project in Wednesday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.