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File #: 1879-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 8/12/2020 In control: Public Service & Transportation Committee
On agenda: 9/14/2020 Final action: 9/17/2020
Title: To authorize the Director of Public Service to submit applications to, and to execute grant agreements with, the Ohio Department of Transportation relative to the Highway Safety Improvement Program, to accept and expend awarded grant funds, and to issue refunds, if necessary, for approved projects; and to declare an emergency. ($0.00)
Explanation
1. BACKGROUND
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) accepts applications twice a year to fund projects using Highway Safety Improvement Program funds. The Safety Program Committee currently is accepting applications until September 30, 2020. All project costs are eligible for safety funding except for construction inspection costs. These grants require a 10% local match.

The Department of Public Service is preparing applications seeking funds to construct roadway and pedestrian safety improvements at various locations throughout the City. This ordinance will authorize the Director of Public Service to submit said applications, to execute project agreements for approved projects, to accept and expend grant funds, and to issue refunds, if necessary, after final accounting is performed or when notified by the Department of Public Service's Division of Design and Construction that a refund can be issued. Separate legislation authorizing the encumbrance and expenditure of capital funds to support the local share of anticipated project costs will be put forth at a later date as needed.

2. EXPECTED PROJECTS
The Department of Public Service plans to submit applications for the projects listed below. This list may change at the discretion of the Director of Public Service if other projects are found to be good candidates to be awarded these grant funds or if a reason should be found not to submit one of the listed projects.

Downtown Crosswalks Project: The purpose of this project is to upgrade existing pedestrian crosswalks on one-way streets at 13 locations in the downtown area to improve pedestrian safety. The improvements were identified through a traffic study completed by the Division of Traffic Management in February, 2020. The various improvements to be constructed pursuant to this project include curb extensions, pavement markings, overhead crosswalk signs, pedestrian scale street lighting and/or pedestrian activated devices.

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