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California Department of Transportation
Date: October 19, 2011
District: 10 – Stockton
Contact: Christopher Mayfield
Phone: (209) 948-7977
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CALTRANS AWARDS $66 MILLION IN SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLS FUNDING
STOCKTON - 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 this region that received funding include:
Mariposa County – $341,200 to construct sidewalks, curb ramps and drainage. School zone signage and crosswalks will be added in the area as well.
Merced – $980,900 to construct sidewalks, gutter, curb and curb ramps and install crosswalks, safety lighting and flashing beacons.
Stockton – Over $1.1 million to construct sidewalks, drainage, raised median, stamped concrete, curb and gutter. Install in-pavement crosswalk lighting and speed feedback signs. Also start a pilot SRTS program expansion to provide bicycle and pedestrian safety education.
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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