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City looks to street improvements to help student safety

Columbus is making plans to improve the traffic flow around 25th Street and Home Avenue, and around the schools in that area.

Yesterday, the city's Board of Public Works and Safety approved a $191,350 contract for preliminary engineering work to connect Maple Street to National Road. City engineer Beth Fizel says that the work will make it safer for students. Columbus North High School, Northside Middle School, St. Bartholomew Catholic School and Schmitt Elementary are all in that area.

Fizel said that the work would connect Maple Street to National Road, realign 27th Street and 27th Place and create a pedestrian walkway across Home Avenue and National Road. The walkway would go beside the middle school track to the middle school driveway.

"That path several drive crossings the students currently have to go across to get to the school," Fizel said. "They will only have to go across once, once that path is there."

Fizel said that Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. is working on a plan on how traffic will be rerouted as parents pick up and drop off students. The area now suffers from heavy congestion during the start and end of school hours.

Mayor Kristen Brown said in a press release that 4,000 students pass through the area every day.

“Extending Maple Street will help ensure the safety of everyone who travels through this area, including students, parents, motorists and pedestrians,” Brown said. “The extension will significantly improve the flow of traffic and help relieve congestion and confusion.”

Fizel says the actual work won't start until 2016. The work is expected to cost about $1 million, of which 80 percent will be reimbursed from federal funds.

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 7:41:14 AM

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