California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Date: July 5, 2012
District: 04
Contact: Bob Haus
Phone: (510) 286-5576

Caltrans Awards $48.5 Million for Safe Routes to School
to Increase Safety and Health

OAKLAND - Caltrans today awarded $48.5 million of state Safe Routes to School Program funds for 139 projects to increase safety and help reduce injuries and fatalities among children in grades K-12 who walk and bicycle to school.

“Safety is Caltrans’ number one priority,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “We are committed to providing the highest safety possible for our children as they travel to and from school in California.”

Among the state-funded projects are new sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and other safety improvements. Caltrans chose each project based upon need, effectiveness, and how quickly it could be delivered. By improving safety, more kids are encouraged to walk and bicycle to school, resulting in healthier children while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle congestion.

More than $7 million of the funds were awarded to critical safety projects in rural counties. In addition, 82 projects totaling $28 million will create jobs and benefit at least one low-income school within each project.

Some of the notable local projects that received funding include:

  • Contra Costa County – $450,000 to install speed feedback signs and construct sidewalks, curb and gutter, bike lanes, and pavement markings on Canal Road between Bailey Road and Loftus Road. 
  • Palo Alto – $450,000 to install speed feedback signs, and construct raised medians, “bulb-outs” (expanded sidewalks at intersections), crosswalks, safety lighting, a channelized left turn lane, and bike lanes on Charleston Road between Middlefield Road and Alma Street.
  • Santa Clara County – $450,000 to construct sidewalks, curb and gutter, curb ramps, driveway approaches, and shoulder and drainage improvements.

To date, the state and federal Safe Routes to School programs have awarded $472 million for safety projects around California’s schools.

To view the entire list of SRTS projects that received funding, click here.

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