Thursday, July 5, 2012

Caltrans Awards $48.5 Million for Safe Routes to School

Caltrans today awarded $48.5 million of state Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program funds for 139 projects statewide to increase safety and help reduce injuries among children in grades K-12 who walk and bike to and from school.  To date, the state and federal SRTS programs have awarded $472 million for safety projects near California’s schools.

Among the projects are sidewalks, bike lanes, and signage.  Caltrans chose each project based on need, effectiveness, and to those that could be delivered quickly. By improving safety, more kids are encouraged to walk and bike to school, resulting in healthier lifestyles while inproving air quality and vehicle congestion.

In 21 communities within LA County, nearly 31 projects totaling $12.7 million will receive funding.  Some of those projects include:

·                     Two grants of $450,000 each to the City of Lancaster for safety improvements near the Gifford C. Cole, the John and Jacquelyn Miller, and the Tierra Bonita schools. The projects include pedestrian crosswalks, paths and islands, curb ramps, and creating safety education, encouragement and enforcement programs.

·                     Two grants of $450,000 each to the City of Pomona near the Lexington, Cortez, Garey and Ganesha schools. The projects include constructing curb ramps and bike lanes, upgrading traffic signals, installing signalized mid-block crosswalks, speed feedback signs, and roadway striping.

·                     $450,000 awards to each of the cities of Claremont, El Monte, Palmdale, Santa Clarita and South Gate.  In El Monte, a traffic roundabout will be constructed near the Parkview and the Willard F. Payne elementary schools. Other projects include constructing sidewalks, crosswalks, curb ramps, installing traffic signals, speed feedback signs, flashing beacons, bike racks, and creating safety education, encouragement and enforcement programs.

·                     A total of $401,900 was awarded for improvements at nine schools in Temple City, and $223,000 to the City of Huntington Park for various improvements near Middleton Street Elementary.