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South Point, Ironton to each receive $150,000 as part of schools program

Apr. 02, 2010 @ 07:08 AM

IRONTON -- South Point and Ironton each will receive more than $150,000 from the Ohio Department of Transportation for sidewalks and crosswalks and signs as part of the Safe Routes to School program.

The department will provide about $11 million across Ohio to make getting to school easier for students in 41 communities, including South Point and Ironton.

Doug Cade, an Ironton engineer with E.L. Robinson, applied for the funds last fall. South Point was awarded $153,000 and the city of Ironton will get $151,000, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation. It was the second time Ironton has received funds under the program, Cade said Thursday.

Ironton was awarded $50,000 last year for sidewalks on Delaware Street in North Ironton near the new Ironton Elementary School and Ironton Middle School, he said. "The Ohio Department of Transportation is doing the work," he said. The $151,000 will be used for sidewalks and crosswalks on Thomas Street in North Ironton and possibly along McPherson Street, he said.

"It improves the neighborhood," said Mayor Rich Blankenship. "We'll work to expedite the project."

South Point Superintendent Ken Cook said the $153,000 South Point has received will be used for sidewalks near the new South Point Elementary School and the old high school building and football field.

"The idea of the program is to encourage kids to walk and bike to school," Cook said. The school system will apply for additional money in the next round of funding to extend sidewalks from the elementary school to the South Point branch of the Briggs-Lawrence County Public Library, he said.

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