Any time, anywhere.

Any time, anywhere.

Paving the Way program coordinator J.P. Blackwood told Northland area Block Watch captains at last week's meeting that he or a staff member of the federally funded organization that alerts the public about road projects is ready, willing and able to speak at civic association meetings.

And, of course, the speakers wouldn't be late because they would know how to avoid any construction delays.

Paving the Way, which is hosted by the Department of Public Service, publishes an annual guide detailing scheduled roadway work in the Columbus metropolitan area and operates a website that provides daily updates, according to Blackwood.

The organization's slogan is, "We keep Columbus commuters moving."

Motorists may even sign up for email alerts from Paving the Way, Blackwood told the Block Watch representatives.

Part of Paving the Way's mission is the safety of those working on construction projects, he added.

"We need to remind people to be extra careful whenever they see orange barrels, orange signs," Blackwood said.

He added that presentations to civic groups by Paving the Way representatives are honed to the specific area involved, offering information about projects large and small likely to affect residents of the neighborhood. Fact sheets about these projects can be prepared in advance for distribution at meetings of civic organizations, he said.

Paving the Way's mission also includes endeavoring to remind drivers about some of the basic rules of the road, such as pulling to the right for emergency vehicles with sirens blaring or not blocking an intersection when stopped in traffic, he said.

"Everybody knows, congestion causes accidents," Blackwood said, noting that there is practically one vehicle registered in Franklin County for every resident, about 1 million each.

A further effort of Paving the Way is to guide people to programs that might help reduce the amount of driving they do, such as the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission's ride-sharing.

"We are a driving culture," Blackwood said, but Paving the Way urges residents to explore such options as taking the bus, riding a bicycle or carpooling to work.

Finally, Blackwood said people may even sign up for updates from Paving the Way's account on the Twitter social networking site.

"The fact that we do have a Twitter account doesn't mean we endorse texting while driving," he said.

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