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OREGON, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Safe Routes to Schools project is an initiative underway in Oregon to promote
healthy living and get children to school safely.
project focuses primarily on sidewalks near the elementary schools. The city is
making sure damaged sidewalks get fixed, and installing sidewalks where there
are currently none.
look at any area within a mile of an elementary or middle school and try to
figure out a good way to get children to want to walk to school," said Paul
Roman, with the City of Oregon.
city received a $240,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation for
areas targeted for the project are Starr Avenue, Pickle Road and Edward Street.
Sidewalks and curb ramps will be installed where needed.
lot of times, you see children walking the edge of a road, and really a
sidewalk gives you that true separation of the road," Roman said. "It's just a
better walking path, especially for smaller children."
project is not being done just to help the schools, but the community, as well.
don't think this just benefits the children walking to school," Roman said. "It
benefits anybody wishing to walk."
will begin this week for the project, and is expected to be complete before
school resumes in the fall.