Ohio awards $7.2M for safe school route projects

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Transportation is awarding $7.2 million for projects to help children safely walk or bike to school.

The grants announced this week in the Safe Routes to School Program go to 58 projects. The money will help with constructing or improving crosswalks and sidewalks and will support efforts to educate children about being safe on the way to school.

Ohio first lady Karen Kasich (KAY’-sik) says the projects encourage walking or biking to school and can help cut pollution and traffic.

Recipients of the largest awards include the cities of Campbell, Lima (LY’-muh) and North Ridgeville, along with Howland Township in Trumbull County, Sugarcreek Township in Green County and the village of Butler in Richland County. Those areas each were awarded a grant of $365,000 or more.

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