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The Times
  • St. Johnsville receives grant to ensure safer routes to school

  • The village of St. Johnsville will receive $195,457 in government aid as part of a program to improve bicycling and walking conditions for students on their way to school. State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald earlier this week announced $26.5 million in federal Safe Routes to School fundi...
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  • The village of St. Johnsville will receive $195,457 in government aid as part of a program to improve bicycling and walking conditions for students on their way to school.
    State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald earlier this week announced $26.5 million in federal Safe Routes to School funding for 64 project sponsors across New York to implement infrastructure improvements and public education campaigns to encourage elementary and middle school children to safely walk and bike to school, a news release said.
    “The projects supported by this round of funding will help children get to school safely by providing features such as sidewalks, multi-use paths, crosswalks and pedestrian signals near schools,” said McDonald. “The education component of the program can help families make healthy, sustainable transportation choices and teach kids how to safely use the infrastructure in their communities.”
    St. Johnsville is expected to receive $195,457 for curb ramps, crosswalks and signage near D.H. Robbins Elementary School and St. Johnsville Junior - Senior High School.
    Specifically, the planned work will take place along Monroe and Averill streets in the village.
    Eligible projects must be located within two miles of a primary or middle school, be located on public right-of-way, benefit the public interest and address at least one of the five Safe Routes to School categories. Categories include engineering efforts, as well as education, enforcement, encouragement and evaluation of program impact efforts, the news release said.
    The intent of Safe Routes to School is to enable and encourage children to walk or bicycle to school, help children adopt a more healthy and active lifestyle by making bicycling and walking a safer and more appealing transportation alternative and facilitate the planning, development and implementation of transportation projects that will improve safety while reducing traffic, fuel consumption and air pollution in the vicinity of schools, the news release said.
    Federal funding was made available to the state Department of Transportation, which administers the Safe Routes to School program and will reimburse 100 percent of eligible project costs.
    Work on the project in St. Johnsville is expected to begin in the spring.

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