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Zanesville City Council passed an ordinance at Monday's meeting that will allow the city and Zanesville City School District to collaborate on a School Travel Plan. Council-at-Large member, Steve Foreman, said the Ohio Department of Transportation will fund the Safe Routes to School Project, and contract a third-party provider to conduct a study to find and develop safer routes for students to get to school.
"They will do a study that takes the addresses of students and looks at how they get to the various schools," said Foreman. "And it makes a determination of, 'is that route the safest it can be?' And if not, it determines what can make that safer. And from that, they make a list and they provide that list to the city."
Foreman said the city will then form a committee, review that list, prioritize what improvements are most necessary, and then ODOT will determine what improvements they will fund. Foreman said crosswalks and signage will likely be among the improvements discovered in the study.
"That's one of the big things that they want to address, they want to make sure that the painting on the streets is clear and they want to make sure that the sign leading up to areas like crosswalks and things like that, areas that traffic will impede the students, they want to make sure those are the safest routes they can be."
Because the schools are newer, Foreman doesn't expect there to be any "big ticket" changes to school routes.