Cridersville sidewalk plan underway

CRIDERSVILLE — A special Safe Routes to School meeting, which was held earlier this week, to discussed the new sidewalk plans for the village of Cridersville.
Tony Schroeder, project manager of Choice One Engineering, presented the plans that will be sent to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for approval.
“The plans and material will be completely covered by ODOT,” Schroeder said Monday at the special meeting.
On the plans he presented, sidewalks will be constructed on Reichelderfer Road and Carlisle Street in Cridersville.
The Safe Routes to School sidewalk project is a grant that the village applied for and they received notice in April 2010 that they received the grant through ODOT.
This project is to complete work on sidewalks, crosswalks, storm sewers and signage along roads to create a walking path to the new elementary school in Cridersville.
This special meeting was a chance for Schroeder and village councilors to share the plan and answer any questions about the plan that residents may have.
The new sidewalks are planned to be installed from High Street to the Cridersville Elementary School, on Car-
lisle Street, and from Main Street to the Cridersville Elementary School on Reichelderfer Road.
On the new sidewalk on Reichelderfer Road, there was some discussion at the meeting, because it will be 2 1/2 feet from the edge of the pavement, and this is because of the right of way.
Schroeder explained that the “right of way” is property line of what the village has rights, and 2 1/2 feet is the furthest away from the road that they can build the sidewalk because of the right of way.
He said this would not cause much of an issue, because he said he does not hear of too many accidents where cars veer of the road.
“If they veer off of the road, it doesn’t matter if it’s 2 1/2 feet or 4 feet,” Schroeder said. “They will veer.”
The sidewalk put on Carlisle Street will be approximately 3-4 feet from the edge of the pavement, and will be installed on the west side of the street.
Another topic discussed is that there will be no curbs installed along with these sidewalks.
The reason for this is because curbs are hard to put in without entire roadway construction.
Schroeder discussed that there is a one-year warranty for maintenance from the contractor, and assured that the sidewalks would last a long while.
“We will be sending initial plans to ODOT, and they will respond with what they think,” Schroeder said.
Schroeder said construction for this project will most likely take place next year and be available by fall 2012.
“It’s pretty promising it will be built next year,” Schroeder said.
Schroeder also mentioned that this ODOT, not the village, will be bidding out the project to contractors.