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Oregon works on Safe Routes to Schools

OREGON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Safe Routes to Schools project is an initiative underway in Oregon to promote healthy living and get children to school safely.

The project focuses primarily on sidewalks near the elementary schools. The city is making sure damaged sidewalks get fixed, and installing sidewalks where there are currently none.

"We look at any area within a mile of an elementary or middle school and try to figure out a good way to get children to want to walk to school," said Paul Roman, with the City of Oregon.

The city received a $240,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation for the project.

The areas targeted for the project are Starr Avenue, Pickle Road and Edward Street. Sidewalks and curb ramps will be installed where needed.

"A lot of times, you see children walking the edge of a road, and really a sidewalk gives you that true separation of the road," Roman said. "It's just a better walking path, especially for smaller children."

The project is not being done just to help the schools, but the community, as well.

"I don't think this just benefits the children walking to school," Roman said. "It benefits anybody wishing to walk."

Construction will begin this week for the project, and is expected to be complete before school resumes in the fall.

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