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City Awarded $331,000 Grant To Benefit Student Pedestrians

Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Program funds will be used to create sidewalks, improve crosswalk.

The City of Stow has been awarded a $331,000 grant through the Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Program administered by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The grant funds will be utilized for engineering and construction expenses for the following projects:

  • Paving of an existing gravel path from Lillian Road to Mohican Road
  • Installation of sidewalk along Fishcreek Road south of Call Road
  • Crosswalk improvements on Stow Road

Engineering is expected to begin in 2012/2013, with construction tentatively planned for 2013/2014.

The program’s primary goal is to provide safe routes for children to walk or bicycle to school. Potential benefits of the program include increasing physical activity in children, decreasing vehicle congestion around schools and decreasing fuel consumption/pollution.

While the primary beneficiary of the grant funds will be the students who will have safer routes for walking or bicycling to school, the addition of sidewalks and enhanced crosswalks along existing streets will benefit all Stow residents.

This award is the outcome of a lengthy process which began in 2008. In order to be eligible to apply for these funds, the city was required to prepare a School Travel Plan which involved public input, parent surveys and the coordination of city and school district officials.

Stow's Safe Routes to School Committee includes Mayor Sara Drew; Dr. Russ Jones, superintendent of Stow-Munroe Falls City School District; Robert Kurtz, city planning director, and Sandy Ray, fire prevention educator for the .

ODOT provided engineering consultants to make recommendations on potential improvements that would increase safety and remove potential impediments in area students’ walking/bicycling routes.

This is the second infrastructure grant awarded to Stow through this program. Stow received $284,290 in 2011 for the following projects:

  • Installation of new sidewalks on Call and Fishcreek roads
  • Installation of new sidewalks and crosswalk improvements on Northview, Rose and Hanna roads
  • Paving of a dirt path south of the campus
  • Installation of "speed feedback monitors” at , / and

Engineering for these projects is nearly complete and construction is expected to begin this fall.

Unlike most state and federal grant programs, a significant benefit of the Safe Routes to School Program is that no matching funds are required.

Susan May 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Great news - anything that makes the city more pedestrian-friendly is fantastic!
Janet D'Antonio May 23, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Anothet benefit not mentioned is the social aspect. Kids will make friendships that could last a lifetime.
Amanda Doll May 23, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Janet - you're right! I didn't grow up in Stow but I walked to/from school with friends who lived close by in elementary, we were bussed for middle school but a lot of the same group took the long walk home from high school together too - until we were able to drive at least! :) I still see/talk to some of them now too! I'm all for making the walk or bike ride for the kids safer and the fact that it can then benefit the other residents in those areas as well is great!

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