Installation of 4,560 linear feet of five foot wide sidewalk along Starr Avenue between Whittlesey Avenue and Edward Street, including ADA compliant curb ramps and five foot wide sidewalk connections to Fassett Middle School.
The City of Oregon received a $150,000 Safe Routes to Schools grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation for installing sidewalks within the existing public right of way along Starr Avenue between Wheeling Street and Coy Road. The City of Oregon was one of the first fifteen communities in Ohio to be awarded Safe Routes to Schools funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation for an infrastructure project in the initial round of SRTS funding. The SRTS program is designed to make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age.
The Oregon Safe Routes to School Plan identified the lack of sidewalks along Starr Avenue as the single largest barrier for providing a safe route to school for many students attending Starr Elementary School and Fassett Middle School. This lack of sidewalk poses a great safety risk as the children walking to school must share the existing bike lanes along Starr Avenue and intermix with traffic.
The LUC-Starr Avenue Sidewalk Improvement Project consist of installing sidewalks and the necessary handicap ramps at the various intersections along Starr Avenue. As the funding allows, additional sidewalk connections to existing sidewalks for streets to the south of Starr Avenue may be added to this project. The sidewalk alignment will vary along Starr Avenue to avoid existing trees and utility structures in the right of way. The project is the first infrastructure project completed in Ohio using funding through the Safe Routes To School (SRTS) Federal-aid program of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) administered by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).