California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Date: July 5, 2012
District: 11 - San Diego and Imperial counties
Contact: Media Information Officer Edward Cartagena
Phone: (619) 688-6723

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

SAN DIEGO - 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 San Marcos - $432,800 to construct sidewalks, curb and gutter, curb ramps, pedestrian path, minor drainage improvements, install crosswalks, pedestrian countdown heads, in-pavement crosswalk lighting, bike racks and speed feedback trailers near Twin Oaks Elementary and Twin Oaks High schools.
  • City of Santee - $449,200 to construct sidewalks, curb ramps and install crosswalks near Chet F. Harritt Elementary School.
  • City of National City - $225,000 to construct sidewalks, curb and gutter and install minor safety lighting near Ira Harbison Elementary School.
  • County of San Diego - $871,500 to construct sidewalks, curb and gutter, curb ramps, retaining wall, install crosswalks, signs, and striping near Lakeview and Bancroft Elementary 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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