California Department of Transportation
October 25, 2010
Headquarters – Sacramento
Matt Rocco - (916) 654-4020
Caltrans Awards $24 Million for Safe Routes to School
Sacramento – Today, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) awarded $24 million for 85 Safe Routes to School projects to improve safety for children in grades K-12 who walk and bicycle to school.
“Nothing is more important than the safety of our children,” said Caltrans Director Cindy McKim. “By improving safety, more children are encouraged to walk and bicycle to school, ultimately resulting in healthier children and less traffic congestion around schools.”
The funding will pay for new crosswalks, curb ramps, sidewalks, bicycle paths, traffic signals, flashing beacons, signs, striping, and pedestrian countdown signals.
California was the first state to legislate its own Safe Routes to School program with dedicated funding in 1999. To date, the state has awarded $268 million for Safe Routes to School projects.
To view the entire list of projects, visit: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/LocalPrograms/saferoutes/documents/SR2S_Cycle_9_2010-11.pdf