Posted on August 20, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon
SALISBURY – State Representative Brian Ohler (R-North Canaan) helped secure a grant that will improve the safety infrastructure of the Salisbury Central School. The Salisbury Pathways Committee applied to the Department of Transportation’s Community Connectivity Grant Program to request funding for the construction of a sidewalk, a bridge across the brook, and an actuated pedestrian signal and crosswalk for a section of Route 41/44 in the Town of Salisbury.
Rep. Ohler authored a letter of support for the Salisbury Pathways Committee’s request to be positively acted upon by the DOT. In the letter Ohler explained, “These improvements will accommodate pedestrians in our rural community business center, increase safety of school children, provide safe egress of emergency vehicles from the fire house as well as bring a long-lasting and environmentally responsive development of a business district.”
According to Salisbury Pathways Committee, the improvements will provide direct access for students to access the emergency shelter.
Ohler, who serves on the legislature’s School Safety and Security Working Group, explained, “School safety is a core function of government, which is why I strongly believe these types of projects are deserving of public funds. The best investment in our future is through the safety of our children and keeping them out of the roadways and providing access to essential medical services are two small steps in doing that.”
The DOT notified Salisbury Pathways Committee and Rep. Ohler that the grant application had been approved. Natalia Smirnova, Secretary of the Salisbury Pathways Committee, expressed thanks to Rep. Ohler for his important role in moving the application forward.