I was perusing the city’s website and saw this recent news piece. It’s good to see some Safe Routes to Schools efforts going on in Columbus.
November 14, 2007
(Columbus) Weather-permitting, sidewalk construction is getting under way on Wednesday, October 31, in the afternoon, near several South Side Schools as the first new sidewalks built under Mayor Michael B. Coleman’s Operation Safewalks. Operation Safewalks is a $50 million initiative to make it safer for kids walking to school by addressing infrastructure inequities in some of the City’s oldest neighborhoods and areas that were annexed into Columbus without infrastructure.
Work is under way on Fairwood Avenue, where sidewalks are being installed on both sides of the road between Koebel Road and Burley Drive. As part of the same project, sidewalks also will be constructed on the south side of Koebel, from Fairwood to Lockbourne Road. The City will spend $214,335 this year to build a total of one mile of Koebel and Fairwood sidewalks. The sidewalk on the north side of Koebel will be added in 2008 as nearby utility work is completed. The completion of this and other upcoming area projects will provide improved drainage and safer walking for students at Beery Middle School, Marion-Franklin High Schools, Watkins Elementary School, Leawood Elementary at Koebel, Sills Park, the Marion-Franklin Community Center and the Marion-Franklin swimming pool.