City awarded two Safe Routes to Schools Grants
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œSafe Routes to Schools has been a priority of the Visalia City Council,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said Visalia Mayor Bob Link. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIn partnership with the Visalia Unified School District, these monies will allow us to make the streets safer for our school children.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Craig Wheaton, superintendent for the Visalia Unified School District, said, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œVisalia schools and Visalia Police Department have worked hard to create safe conditions for our kids throughout the community. This grant will allow us to keep kids out of harms way while walking to and from school and serve to protect all pedestrians!ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Lighted crosswalks, including ADA compliant pedestrian ramps, pole-mounted flashing beacons, signage and striping will be installed at the intersection at Sunnyside Avenue and County Center Drive at Crestwood Elementary and at the Hurley Avenue and Marcin Street intersection at Hurley Elementary. Grant funding awarded for these two intersections was $48,740. The second project involves the construction of curb, gutter, sidewalk and a bicycle lane along the east side of Quail Drive adjacent to Fairview Elementary School, and the City received $49,680 in state funding.
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) awarded $24.2 million statewide for 85 Safe Routes to School projects to help reduce injuries and fatalities among children in grades K-12 who walk and bicycle to school
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