Pharos-Tribune

July 11, 2013

Delphi to get safe routes to schools

Paths will increase safety, accessibility.

by Mitchell Kirk Pharos-Tribune
Pharos-Tribune

---- — DELPHI — Students of the Delphi Community School Corporation will have a safer, easier way to walk and bike to school this fall as the city’s Safe Routes to School project gets underway this summer.

The project consists of building a trail along Armory Road from Hamilton Street to the trail on the east side of the football field along with a sidewalk from Summit Street to North Street, according to a press release. Accessible ramps to aid in the transportation of wheelchairs, bikes and strollers will also be constructed at the corners of Vine Street, Summit Street and North Street.

The Delphi Community School Corporation is made up of four facilities: the Delphi Community High School, Delphi Community Middle School, Delphi Community Elementary School and Camden Early Childhood Center.

Delphi Mayor Randy Strasser said many of the current routes students take to are incomplete, forcing them to walk in the street until reaching a point where a sidewalk starts again. This project, through the help of a $250,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Transportation, will allow students to get to and from school more safely, he said.

“The high school and the elementary school have been located in the area they’re in for decades,” Strasser said, “and with the addition of this trail, especially along Armory Road, it allows the students a way to ride bikes or walk back and forth to school and school functions without being in the road.”

The press release goes on to state the project will further increase safety through the installation of driver feedback signs that detect vehicle speed on Armory Road prior to vehicles approaching the the pedestrian crossing from all directions.

Construction on the project is currently underway by Olco Inc. out of Batesville and is anticipated to be finished by Sept. 1.

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or mitchell.kirk@pharostribune.com.