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August 10, 2009
CALTRANS AWARDS $48.5 MILLION FOR SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOLS
Sacramento - Today, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) awarded $48.5 million for 106 Safe Routes to School projects to help reduce injuries and fatalities among children in grades K-12 who walk and bicycle to school.
“Safety is Caltrans’ number one priority,” said Director Randy Iwasaki. “Nothing is more important than the safety of our children as they travel to and from school.”
Projects include constructing new crosswalks, curb ramps, sidewalks and bicycle paths; and installing new signs, striping and pedestrian countdown signals. Caltrans chose each safety project based on need, its effectiveness, and how quickly it could be delivered.
California was the first state in the country to legislate its own Safe Routes to School program with dedicated funding (from the State Highway Account) in 1999. This program encourages more children to walk and bicycle to school, resulting in healthier children, improved air quality, reduced fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and less traffic congestion near schools. To date, the state program has awarded $243.5 million for safety projects, and the federal Safe Routes to Schools Program has awarded $91.5 million.
To view the entire list of projects, visit: http://www.dot.ca.gov/docs/SR2SCycle8Combined2008-09and2009-10.pdf