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Posted on: February 7, 2020

Update from Mayor Kearns

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Thank you to our Service workers for keeping streets clear and safe during our first snow event of the year. As the new year gets underway, we have many exciting changes occurring in Grandview Heights. The City and School have been working hard and communicating daily to plan for the safety of children and residents as construction ramps up at the middle school next Monday, February 10. Over the last week, crossing guards have been directing children to walk on the South side of First Ave for safety, to avoid crossing paths with construction trucks. The sidewalk is now fully closed between Broadview & Fairview for this reason, and I want to emphasize the school’s directives that there should be no middle school drop-offs at the First Avenue parking lot and all drop-off traffic needs to be on Oakland.  

Please remember we have many young children walking to and from school and many pedestrians in our walkable community. As traffic and walking patterns change, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of pedestrian and driver safety. Please use caution when traveling through areas in close proximity to children and construction, and do not walk or drive in a distracted manner. Walking maps (also included below) provided by Grandview Heights Schools depict new patterns but I wanted to summarize here:

  • Walk on south side of First Ave and cross at traffic lights – Crossing guards are now stationed at the traffic lights at both Grandview Ave and Oakland Ave and the crosswalk at Fairview is closed. Children walking from the East should cross to the south side of First Ave with the guard at Grandview Ave rather than crossing at Broadview. A crossing guard is stationed at First & Broadview and will help those children walking from Broadview Ave. cross to the south side.
  • No drop-offs at First Ave & Fairview Ave – the sidewalk is closed and students should never be walking in this area due to construction entrance/exit and heavy equipment. The school has prohibited drop-offs at the First Ave lot. All pedestrian traffic (adults included) should be on the South side of First Ave as it is extremely dangerous to be walking in the street by the entrance/exit to a construction zone.
  • Follow traffic laws and keep fire lanes open – We will all need to develop patience and embrace our new normal as construction gets underway during the snow and ice season. Our Fire, Police, Service, and Code Enforcement staff have worked hard to support safety around the construction site this week and next, and we will continue to be in close contact with the School as construction kicks off. You will be seeing an enhanced police presence in the area and I appreciate everyone’s cooperation and compliance with the laws. This community is fantastic at pulling together for the common good and I have confidence we will adjust and adapt with safety as the first priority.

We at the City are proud to support the School on this project to improve and modernize their Grade 4-12 facilities. Please help us make it as safe a process as possible for children and the general public, whether living or passing through the area. If you have questions or concerns about anything related to the project, please contact Chris Tyo, Construction Superintendent at Thank you in advance for your patience as we support Grandview Heights Schools on this project.

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