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Chesterhill gets grant for sidewalks

The Village of Chesterhill recently received a grant to help make the village safer for pedestrians.

Chesterhill, a village in Morgan County with a population of 300 residents and 137 homes, was awarded a $650,000 grant from the Transportation Alternatives Program to replace sidewalks and improve curb ramps on Marion Street.

“I appreciate the Ohio Department of Public Transportation’s support for these locally-developed, locally-driven projects in our area,” said Ohio Rep. Jay Edwards, R-Nelsonville, in a statement released Friday. “The state’s Transportation Alternatives Program provides important support for non-motorized transportation in Ohio’s more rural counties, municipalities and villages. These are meaningful projects that will benefit our communities.”

TAP grants are used to fund projects in counties, cities, townships and villages that are not near a metropolitan area. The projects can include community improvement activities, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, or recreational trail programs. Applications for the grants are accepted by the Ohio Department of Transportation from March through May.

Ashley Rittenhouse, public information officer for ODOT District 10, said the funding will be available in 2023.

“Due to carry forward and projects missing their award date, this year TAP selected projects totaling $1.2 million for fiscal year 2022, $13.5 million for fiscal year 2023, and $1.4 million for fiscal year 2024,” she explained.

The program is funded at $11 million annually, although more than $42 million was requested through 52 applications throughout the state. The project must be finished in the year it was funded.

Chasity Mayle, Chesterhill council member, said once the funding comes through and the contractor is approved, it should only take a few weeks to finish the project.

She said the sidewalks to be replaced are in the middle section of the village.

“It’s a continuation grant. We can apply to keep replacing the sidewalks and curbs,” she said. “Fix them the way they are supposed to be and make them ADA accessible.”

She said the sidewalks need replaced as they are in rough shape.

“They are not level and not wide enough for families with strollers,” Mayle noted.

She said if they were level, they would be safer, as there are a lot of walkers in the village.

“And we’d have correct ADA curbage for people in wheelchairs,” she added.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

At a glance:

• Village of Chesterhill received a $650,000 grant.

• Funds will be used to replace sidewalks and curb ramps.

• Grant is from Transportation Alternatives Program.

• Money will be available in 2023.

Source: Chasity Mayle.

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