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Warren Applies for ‘Safe Routes to School’ Funding

May 15, 2017

WARREN, Ohio – The Trumbull County Planning Commission, the city of Warren and Warren City Schools have applied for funding from the state’s Safe Routes to School program.

The program helps communities improve safety near schools and educate students on how to safely get to and from school.

“The city of Warren has a great relationship with the Trumbull County Planning Commission and we are excited to partner with them on this project in order to improve the safety of our children while encouraging the students to engage in an active means of transportation to and from school,” said Mayor Doug Franklin in a release.

As part of the approval process, communities must develop a “school travel plan.” Through a memorandum of understanding with the planning commission, the Ohio Department of Transportation spent two days in Warren, examining arrival and dismissal procedures, sidewalks, intersections, means of travel for students and school zones. The final report, expected to be released this fall, will contribute to the travel plan.

“A project like this is actually part of comprehensive-plan Implementation and we have the city and county all working together with ODOT to help make it happen sooner,” said Trish Nuskievicz, executive director of the planning commission.

A kickoff meeting will be held May 16 to discuss ODOT’s findings and gather feedback from parents. To contribute to the school travel plan, parents of students at Jefferson, Lincoln, McGuffey and Willard schools can complete a survey, available here.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.