California Department of Transportation
Date: July 5, 2012
District: 10 - Stockton
Contact: Angela DaPrato
Phone: (209) 948-7176
Caltrans Awards $48.5 Million for Safe Routes to School
to Increase Safety and Health
STOCKTON - 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 projects that received funding include:
- City of Angels Camp: $450,000 to install bike lanes, and construct curb ramps, sidewalks and minor drainage near Mark Twain Elementary School.
- Mariposa County: $448,000 to install crosswalks and signs, and construct sidewalks near Mariposa County High School and Mariposa Elementary School.
- City of Ceres: $405,000 to construct ADA improvement, and install speed feedback signs and in-pavement crosswalk near Carroll Fowler Elementary School and Mae Hensley Junior High School.
- City of Turlock: $319,300 to install median with fencing, and safety education and encouragement program at Turlock Junior High School.
- City of Waterford: $232,600 to install bike lanes, and construct sidewalks, curb and gutter near Richard Moon Primary, Lucille Whitehead Intermediate School and Waterford High School.
- City of Newman: $177,300 to construct sidewalks, curb and gutter near Yolo Junior High School.
- Merced County: $165,600 to construct sidewalks, curb and gutter near Hilmar High School, Elim Elementary School and Hilmar Middle School.
- City of Patterson: $135,200 to construct sidewalks, and install bike lanes, crosswalks, in-pavement crosswalk lighting or safety lighting and striping.
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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