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News Release - Mansfield School Zones & Safe Routes to School Program

To: The News Media
From: City of Mansfield
Subject: Mansfield School Zones & Safe Routes to School Program
Date: 9/22/2010


This week and next, crews will be installing new school zone signs and solar-powered flashers at various locations around Mansfield. Old signs will be replaced with highly visible signs designed to highlight the school zone. New solar-powered warning flashers will accompany the 20 mph speed limit signs. The work is being performed by Miller Cable Company of Green Springs, Ohio, as a part of the competitively bid, $192,000 Safe Routes to School Phase I Infrastructure Project. The work is funded completely through the federal Safe Routes to School program, administered by ODOT.


As part of this project, three new school zones have been established:
• Prospect School: Along South Main Street between Mansfield Avenue and Lamberton Avenue.
• Prospect School: Along Gilbert Avenue between Reba Avenue and Prospect Street.
• Malabar School: Cook Road from 300 feet west of the Ridgewood Boulevard intersection to Rambleside Drive.


This project was developed by the City of Mansfield with citizen input received by the Mansfield Safe Routes to School Taskforce. The Taskforce’s stated goal is to encourage children to walk and bike to school by creating a safer pedestrian environment.


The City of Mansfield has been awarded a second Safe Routes to School grant by ODOT, totaling $565,000, for future infrastructure and in-school projects.


Motorists are encouraged to drive cautiously and observe all warning signs in the vicinity of schools.