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The $50,000 ADA-compliant pier expansion project that spanned the pier connecting downtown Seaman to the sites along Morris Road is now complete. An extension of the sidewalk now allows pedestrians to travel safely up to the distance to Medical Center Drive, giving them safer access to North Adams Elementary and High School with the addition of a new driveway and connecting sidewalk to the North Adams Fitness Trail.
“This stretch of sidewalk provides safe and continuous pedestrian access to our schools, and even the fitness trail,” comments Carl Burger, Principal of North Adams High School. “We have a lot of people using the pier. Especially when we have kids here playing or participating in events during the summer, parents will use it while they are here waiting for their kids.”
This project represents a collaboration between the Adams County Healthy Communities Creation Program (CHC), the Adams County Health and Wellness Alliance, Seaman Village, the Ohio Valley School District and the Adams County Engineer’s Office. The Adams County CHC Program has received special funding to complete this pier project. Funding for the Adams County Healthy Communities Creation Program is administered through the Ohio Department of Health through grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Preventive Health and Health Services, and is directed through the Adams County Health Department.
Along with the new sidewalk, a new pedestrian walkway and flashing and illuminated pedestrian crossing lights have been installed to connect the sidewalk at Medical Center Drive with a new connecting pier to the existing North Adams Fitness Corridor, to allow safe access for pedestrians or cyclists to the athletic fields of North Adams Elementary School and North Adams High School. This connection allows parents, students, and even community members the opportunity to have a completely safe path from the village center to the North Adams Schools, something that has not been available to the citizens of Seaman since the schools were established.
“This section of the sidewalk is actually the second part of a larger upcoming project that will eventually connect the village center all the way to including the entire medical complex,” said Holly Johnson, Adams County Director of Economic and Community Development.
David Hughes, Seaman Mayor, commented, “This new sidewalk is only about 1,200 feet long, but it and other infrastructure changes are making a huge difference to the safe pedestrian connection to the school and businesses in that area.”
Momentum to expand this sidewalk and develop the projected pedestrian infrastructure to incorporate the medical complex has begun, in part, following multiple requests from local residents and employees of local businesses. Prior to the development of the sidewalk, pedestrians had to make their way along Morris Road using the road railing, or on the road itself. “This sidewalk project is part of the Adams County CHC and Adams County Health & Wellness Coalition’s comprehensive active transportation approach, an umbrella term for all the ways people can commute without
using a motorized vehicle—walking or cycling, using mobility aids (such as wheelchairs and scooters), go-karts, skating or skateboarding, and more,” states Debbie Ryan, CHC Adams County Coordinator. Physically active transportation plays an important role in improving community health.”
“Supporting active transportation is one way that communities can help make active choice the easy choice for their residents, by providing convenient, activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations,” said Lynn Puckett, president of the Adams County Health and Wellness Alliance.
Active transportation provides many societal benefits, even beyond personal mobility, such as public health, economic development, quality of life, and environmental quality. To obtain these benefits, it is important to invest in programs that support pedestrian infrastructure and other forms of active transportation.
Carroll & Lynn Concrete Construction was the contracting company that completed this pavement project. Debbie Ryan, with the help of ACHWC members, has successfully written the grant for the pier project and through this award and other available funds, some of which were paid by the Adams County Engineer’s office to fix the trench/drainage problem completed by Jerrid Hall/Reliacor Inc. This new pedestrian infrastructure project, which included the construction of 1,200 sidewalks, signage, driveway painting, conductor sidewalk repair and trench repair, was completed at a total project cost of $73,782.92 at no cost to Seaman taxpayers.