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California Department of Transportation
Date: October 19, 2011
District: District 11 – San Diego and Imperial Counties
Contact: Edward Cartagena
Phone: (619) 688-6723, Cell (858) 688-1431
CALTRANS AWARDS $66 MILLION IN SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLS FUNDING
SAN DIEGO – Caltrans today awarded $66 million to cities, counties, and regional agencies for 139 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects to improve safety for students in grades K-8 who walk and bicycle to and from school.
"By improving safety, more children are encouraged to walk and bicycle to school, ultimately resulting in healthier children and less traffic congestion," said Acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.
The funding was provided by the federal SRTS program. Since its inception in 2005, Caltrans has awarded $156 million for 356 SRTS projects.
Some of the notable projects in Orange County that received funding include:
The San Diego Unified School District and the National School District in National City will each receive $500,000 to create school-based safety education programs.
The city of El Cajon will use $362,900 to upgrade crosswalks, sidewalks and install speed feedback signs.
Twelve grants totaling almost $5 million will be shared between 11 jurisdictions in San Diego County.
Caltrans works closely with a diverse group of state, local, and regional stakeholders representing transportation, health, education, law enforcement, and bicycle/pedestrian advocates.
Click here to view the entire list of SRTS projects that received funding.
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