Pickerington Times-Sun

Violet Township

ODOT grant would pay for new safety and warning signs

By MICHAEL HAYES
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Violet Township is one of 50 Ohio townships chosen to participate in the Townshipwide Systematic Signage Upgrade Program, an Ohio Department of Transportation program which allows eligible townships to receive new safety and advanced warning signs.

Township Engineer Greg Butcher said ODOT will foot the entire bill if Violet Township is awarded the grant.

"We submitted a grant for replacement of warning signs this week," Butcher said at the Violet Township Trustees meeting May 1.

Butcher said Ohio has allocated $1 million for the program with funding capped for any one township at $50,000. He said Violet Township has applied for $33,000 in funding.

Butcher said the grant is "100 percent, with no local share" and covers the purchase of new "warning," "stop," "stop ahead" and curve arrow signs.

Township Trustee Terry Dunlap asked Butcher if the township had to provide the labor to install the signs.

Butcher said the grant covered only "signs, posts and hardware" and Violet Township would be responsible for both installation and maintenance.

According to ODOT's 2013 Township Safety Program, the top 50 townships in Ohio with the highest number of serious crashes from 2007-2011 were invited to apply for funding to implement the systematic signage upgrades.

Butcher said any townships that "jumped the gun" and purchased signs to comply with new retroreflectivity standards "missed an opportunity" because the ODOT grant doesn't reimburse townships for signs that have already been purchased.

Hocking Township is the only other township in Fairfield County eligible to apply for the funds.

"We're becoming very familiar with ODOT's (grant) process," Butcher said. "We'll see where it goes."

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