City of Colorado Springs awarded three Safe Routes to School grants
The City of Colorado Springs has been awarded three grants worth a total of $695,000 by the Colorado Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program to implement projects that will help local school children to walk and bicycle safely to school. Colorado Springs is receiving over 40 percent of the SRTS grant funds available in Colorado this year.
The grant money will fund three separate projects:
1. Midland Elementary School Pedestrian Access and Crossing Improvements ($228,758):The project will fill in missing sidewalks sections and accessible ramps along the school walk route on Broadway Street. It will also improve main school crossing next to the school at the intersection of Calvert Avenue and Broadway.
2. Lincoln Elementary School Pedestrian Access Improvements - Phase 2 ($231,255):This project will fill in missing sidewalks and accessible ramps along the school walk routes on Polk and Beacon Streets in the Roswell neighborhood. The City was awarded $249,980 in 2010 from the Safe Routes to School grant program for the Phase 1 project to add sidewalks and enhance safety immediately around the Lincoln School campus. Phase 1 is currently in the design phase. Altogether more than $481,000 in pedestrian improvements will be constructed over the next couple years to enhance safety and access for students walking and bicycling to and from Lincoln Elementary.
3. Edison Elementary School Pedestrian/Bicycle Improvements - Phase 2 ($234,453): The City was awarded SRTS grant funds in 2008 for the Phase 1 project, which constructed missing sidewalk, new bicycle lanes, and school crossing improvements along N. Hancock Avenue. The Phase 2 project will extend this work by completing more missing sidewalk and bicycle lanes along N. Hancock north of the Edison School campus. The Phase 2 project will also tie into new sidewalks and bike lanes that will be constructed as part of the PPRTA-funded Templeton Gap bridge replacement project.
Construction on these SRTS projects is planned to begin in the summer of 2012.
The City of Colorado Springs has actively pursued SRTS funding since the inception of the program. Since 2006, the City of Colorado Springs has been awarded over $2.1 million through annual competitive grant cycles for 14 SRTS projects around the city.
The Safe Routes to School Program was funded as part of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) federal transportation legislation that was signed into law in 2005. The SRTS program provides funding for capital construction and education projects that support more students walking and bicycling to and from school.
For media inquiries, please contact Kristin Bennett, Senior Transportation Planner at 385-5622.
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