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 this region that received funding include:
In Butte County, $941,400 to Oakdale Heights Elementary School in Oroville to construct sidewalks, curb and gutter, curb ramps, speed humps, upgraded crosswalks and speed feedback signs at locations on Los Plumas Avenue and Walmer Road.
In Colusa County, $356,700 to George T. Egling Middle School and James M. Burchfield Elementary School in Colusa for new traffic signals on Fremont Street at 7th and 3rd Streets.
In Placer County, $519,600 to Twelve Bridges Middle School and Carlin C. Coppin Elementary School in Lincoln for new sidewalks, curb and gutter, curb ramps and bike lanes at locations on East Avenue and East
In Sacramento County, $768,790 to Anna Kirchgater Elementary School in Sacramento for new sidewalks, curb and gutter and curb ramps at locations on Stevenson Avenue.
In Yuba County, $645,800 to Bear River Middle School and Wheatland Elementary School for sidewalks, curb and gutter, curb ramps, crosswalks, bike and pedestrian paths and driveway approaches at locations on E Street, Hooper Road, State Route 65 and Wheatland Road.
Caltrans works closely with a diverse group of state, local, and regional stakeholders representing transportation, health, education, law enforcement, and bicycle/pedestrian advocates.