Franklin Elementary and Fairplains Elementary get new sidewalks

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.(WTAP)- A project that was started back in the spring of 2016 is now finishing up just in time for the start of school.

After the city of Parkersburg signed an agreement with West Virginia Transportation Department in 2014, workers have been busy making sidewalks along Division Street Extension for kids in Franklin Elementary.

Developers feel the funding for the new sidewalks provide safe places for children when going to and from school as well as knowledge on how to travel safely.

Ryan Barber, Development Projects Administrator, feels children’s safety as well as knowledge on safety is important and that this project helps both cases. “We were fortunate enough to capture a $100,000 dollar grant from the DOT, for this material and all the labor costs, but also $12,000 dollars was additionally secured to purchase safety equipment. We were able to purchase bike helmets and t-shirts, safety materials, and education materials for the students to learn about how to become a non-motorized traveler, to and from school.”

Funded by the same grant, sidewalks were also made and completed near Fairplains Elementary School earlier. The Frainklin sidewalks are expected to be done in August, just in time for children to use as they head back to school.

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