London to upgrade school crosswalks

Jane Beathard Staff Writer

December 13, 2013

The City of London may soon upgrade nine crosswalks, using a Save Routes To School grant.

Legislation introduced at the Dec. 5 city council meeting proposed installation of LED flashers, pavement markings, curb ramps and lighting at nine locations on London’s north and east side.

A 10-foot wide bike path between the Brooks Edge subdivision on Garfield Avenue and London Middle School is also included in the proposed project, as well as two radar-controlled speed display signs posted on state Route 38 near the Elm Street school complex.

The Ohio Department of Transportation will provide up to $272,000 for the work via its Safe Routes To School program.

Safe Routes to School is a federally supported movement to create safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from schools. The program has been designed to reverse the decline in children walking and bicycling to schools, according to its website.

London crosswalks targeted for improvement are located at:

• Keny Boulevard at Dorset Drive

• Elm Street at Garfield Avenue

• Garfield Avenue at Thomas Lane and Jacqueline Drive

• Main Street at Old Springfield Road

• Main Street at Park Avenue

• Park Avenue at Hawthorne Avenue

• Park Avenue at Elm Street

• Elm Street at Fifth Street

• Lafayette Street at Richmond Avenue

Council is expected to approve the project in January.

Safety-services director Steve Hume said grant money will cover cost of the project.

“We can keep it under budget,” Hume said.