To: News Media
From: City of Mansfield
Subject: Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Project to Begin
Contact: James DeSanto, City Engineer 419.755.9702
The city of Mansfield is pleased to announce the commencement of our Safe Routes to School Infrastructure project.
The sidewalk improvement portion of this project portion will replace selected sidewalks along school walking routes and is fully funded by the Safe Routes to School Program, (Federal/Competitive Grant with No City Funds), and no costs to the property owners. Smith Paving and Excavating was awarded the contract for the Infrastructure Project and work will begin within the next couple of weeks.
The Safe Routes School Infrastructure Project is a direct result of the efforts of the Mansfield Safe Routes to School Task Force and the School Travel Plan which was developed in 2007. The plan included the evaluation of sidewalks along school walking routes. The School Travel Plan permitted the city to apply for the Federal Safe Routes to School funds. The city was awarded $224,094 for infrastructure improvement with $81,832.00 specifically designated for sidewalk repair/replacement. The project also includes improvements along school walking routes for school flashers and improved signage.
The project is to improve the safety of our neighborhoods along school walking routes and is possible due to the efforts of the Engineering Department working with members of the Safe Routes to School Task Force resulting in the opportunity to receive Federal Funds.
For more information on the Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Project, please contact James DeSanto, City Engineer or Dennis Armstrong, Project Planner at 419.755.9702. For more information on Safe Routes to School, contact Kim Hildreth at 419.755.9699 or visit the Safe Route To School Web Page.