California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Date: July 5, 2012
District: District 12 - Orange County
Contact: Gloria Roberts
Phone: (949) 724-2695

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

IRVINE - 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:

  • City of Anaheim - $450,000 to construct sidewalks, curb and gutter, curb ramps and minor landscape and drainage near Sunkist Elementary and Sycamore Junior High schools
  • City of Brea - $450,000 to construct 0.8 mile central portion of “Tracks at Brea” multi-use trail near Laurel Elementary and Brea Junior High schools
  • City of Westminster - $393,300 to install traffic signals, signs and striping, upgrade traffic signal to include protected left-turn phasing; construct curb ramps near Warner Middle and La Quinta High schools

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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