UPDATE: Three street lights installed near Marietta High School

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE 3/11/19

The road up to Marietta High School is more visible at night thanks to a few bright new additions.

AEP Ohio, in cooperation with Marietta High School, installed three street lights last week on Davis Avenue between the Children Service's building and the school.

School officials say the difference is night and day and they're happy it will be safer for students and visitors using the hill when it's dark.

"It's going to have a tremendous effect," MHS facilities manager Darrell Prim said. "Now you'll be able to see coming up the sidewalk and with the time change, students are going to be coming up at the dark, in a little bit darker area, so it'll help tremendously."

Officials say it will also help for sporting events in the gym at night as many people park and walk up the hill.


ORIGINAL STORY 12/10/18

School officials are looking to add a bright safety measure for students and visitors at Marietta High School.

Superintendent Will Hampton is working with AEP to install street light poles on Davis Avenue between the Washington County Children's Services building and the high school.

Currently, there is no lighting and officials say it poses a risk to students and visitors who walk up the hill to the school.

"We have several students that arrive to school in the dark around 6:15-6:30, so you know our goal is safety first," MHS principal Chad Rinard said. "Our first priority is the safety of our students and our spectators and the community members, so we been in conversations with AEP hoping to get more lighting coverage for this area of the complex."

Rinard says they hope to have the lighting installed by early spring.