California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Date: July 5, 2012
District: 03
Contact: Mark Dinger
Phone: (530) 741-4572

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

SACRAMENTO - 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:

  • $450,000 was awarded to the City of Citrus Heights to construct sidewalks, new curbs and gutters, curb ramps and upgraded bike lanes for locations near Mesa Verde High School, Carriage Drive Elementary School and Grand Oaks Elementary School.
  • $270,200 was awarded to the City of Rancho Cordova for traffic signals, pedestrian countdown lights, curb ramps and upgraded crosswalks near Mills Middle School.
  • $270,000 was awarded to the City of Sacramento for traffic signals, crosswalks and curb ramps for locations near Martin Luther King Jr. Technology Academy, Harmon Johnson Elementary School and Noralto Elementary School.
  • $448,600 was awarded to Sacramento County to construct five-foot sidewalks, curb ramps and new curb and gutter near Howe Avenue Elementary School.
  • $450,000 was awarded to the City of Oroville for intersection improvements, sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks, curb and gutter and drainage improvements at Stanford Avenue School.
  • $450,000 was awarded to the City of Rocklin to construct sidewalks, curb ramps and speed feedback trailers at locations near Rocklin Elementary School, Rocklin Academy, Rukhala Elementary School and Rock Creek Elementary School.
  • $450,000 to the City of Woodland for traffic signals, speed feedback signs, upgraded crosswalks and improved signs and striping at locations near Ramon S. Tafoya Elementary School, Zamora Elementary School, Freeman Elementary School, Woodland Prairie Elementary School, Rhoda Maxwell Elementary School, C. E. Dingle Elementary School and Douglas Middle School.

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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