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Liberty Township to install sidewalks

Published: Sat, May 3, 2014 @ 12:02 a.m.

By jeanne starmack



The township will install a sidewalk along Church Hill-Hubbard Road.

Trustees awarded a contract for nearly $300,000 Thursday at a special meeting to Foust Construction Inc. of Girard, which was the lowest of six bidders.

The project, including engineering costs, is being paid for with a state Safe Routes to Schools grant.

Trustees and township Administrator Pat Ungaro said the township will not use tax money for any part of the project, which is expected to start in June.

The project will start by the library at 415 Church Hill-Hubbard Road and extend east to the Fifth Avenue Extension, then extend a block north to connect with an existing sidewalk, said township Administrator Pat Ungaro. The sidewalk will continue along Church Hill-Hubbard Road to the township administration building.

It will be on the north side of the road.

The township was awarded $500,000 to do the project. Ungaro said the $200,000 the township did not use because of the bid coming in low will be returned to the state.

The township also completed a project in front of the elementary school two years ago.

That project included a bridge, sidewalks and decorative lights. Grants paid for that project.

Ohio’s Safe Routes to School Program helps communities with projects that enable children in kindergarten through eighth grade, including those with disabilities, to walk or bicycle to school safely, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.


1ohioption(49 comments)posted 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Sidewalks are great if they are used. All winter long the sidewalks along Belmont Avenue were not useable because no one shoveled them. So if folks had to walk along Belmont Avenue in winter they had to walk in the street. Very dangerous!

Now they are going to put sidewalks along Churchill Hubbard Road. Good idea if they are used by more than a handful of people. I don't think they will be because there are no significant retail businesses in this area. It would be better if the sidewalks were added in an area where there are retail businesses. Goldie Road, for instance. I had to call the police to help an old lady using a walker and trying to walk from Walmart to Aldi"s last winter. No sidewalk!. Extremely dangerous!

If we need a bicycle lane on 304 then get the state to add such. That is a state highway and bicycle lanes are available. Go to Hubbard and see the bicycle lane that the state added on Route 617 south.

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