California Department of Transportation
Date: October 19, 2011
District: 12 – Orange County
Contact: Tracey Lavelle
Phone: (949) 724-2031
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CALTRANS AWARDS $66 MILLION IN SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLS FUNDING
IRVINE – Caltrans today awarded $66 million to cities, counties, and regional agencies for 139 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects to improve safety for students in grades K-8 who walk and bicycle to and from school.
"By improving safety, more children are encouraged to walk and bicycle to school, ultimately resulting in healthier children and less traffic congestion," said Acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. The funding was provided by the federal SRTS program. Since its inception in 2005, Caltrans has awarded $156 million for 356 SRTS projects.
Some of the notable projects in Orange County that received funding include:
- $855,900 to the City of Costa Mesa to construct raised medians and chokers on E. 19th Street between Newport Boulevard and Irvine Avenue for Mariners, Woodland, and Heinz Kaiser Elementary Schools, and Horace Ensign Middle School.
- $530,000 to the City of Anaheim to construct sidewalk, curb and guttering, and drainage facilities on south side of La Palma Avenue from East Street to 500 feet west of East Street for Sycamore Middle School and Thomas Edison Elementary School.
- $478,500 to the City of Huntington Beach to install traffic signals, bike lanes, signs and striping, and construct curb ramps at various locations throughout the city for Helen Stacey Middle School and Ada E. Clegg Elementary School.
Caltrans works closely with a diverse group of state, local, and regional stakeholders representing transportation, health, education, law enforcement, and bicycle/pedestrian advocates.
Click here to view the entire list of SRTS projects that received funding.
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