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File #: 0413-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 2/6/2020 In control: Public Service & Transportation Committee
On agenda: 2/24/2020 Final action: 2/27/2020
Title: To authorize the Director of Public Service, on behalf of the City of Columbus, to prepare and submit a Safe Routes to School Application to the Ohio Department of Transportation; to accept and expend grant funds if awarded; to issue refunds if necessary after final accounting is performed; and to declare an emergency. ($0.00)
Explanation
1. BACKGROUND
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) annually accepts applications to fund projects using Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program funds. SRTS funds are available to communities as grants to be used to improve the ability of elementary and middle school students to walk and bicycle to school safely. A community may be awarded up to $400,000 for an infrastructure project. March 6, 2020, is the deadline for the current Safe Routes to School application cycle.

The Department of Public Service is preparing a Safe Routes to School application, with a current focus on constructing new sidewalks and filling existing sidewalk gaps on Grace Street, from Orel Avenue to Eureka Avenue. Public Service will be funding the design of the project as part of the Operation Safewalks program. This project will benefit students walking to school and school bus stops in the area. The Columbus City Schools District-Wide Travel Plan identified Grace Street as a priority corridor for West Broad Elementary School. Walking is a significant mode at West Broad Elementary School, with approximately 35% of students walking to school.

2. EXPECTED PROJECT
The Department of Public Service plans to submit an application for the following project:

Operation Safewalks - Grace Street - Orel Avenue to Eureka Avenue: This project will perform work along a priority corridor for West Broad Elementary School. This project will add sidewalk along Grace Street from Orel Avenue to Eureka Avenue. The current project cost estimate is $ 2,280,000.00.

This listing is meant to be illustrative and is believed to be accurate and complete; however, last minute project additions and substitutions are at the discretion of the Director of Public Service.

3. FISCAL IMPACT
No financial participation is required at this time. City funds will be approved in the form of design contracts, right of way acquisition, and/or construction contracts that will be submitted for Council'...

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