Safe routes to schools get federal money

Friday, January 4, 2013
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— More than $1 million in federal funds is heading to the Capital Region to pay for infrastructure improvements and public education campaigns aimed at encouranging young children to walk and bike safely to school.

"The projects supported by this round of federal funding will help children get to school safely by providing features such as sidewalks, multi-use paths, crosswalks and pedestrian signals near schools," said state Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald in a statement. "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."

The state DOT will be distributing $26.5 million for 64 projects as part of the federal Safe Routes to School program.

According to a news release, projects in the Capital Region include:

City of Saratoga Springs, Saratoga County: $246,617 for sidewalk, crosswalk and pedestrian signal installation near Geyser Road Elementary School and for safety education.

City of Schenectady, Schenectady County: $379,742 for sidewalk, crosswalk and pedestrian signal installation near Zoller Elementary School and for safety education.

Town of Halfmoon, Saratoga County: $259,000 for crosswalk striping and for a multi-use path connecting a local neighborhood to the middle school.

Town of Malta, Saratoga County: $250,000 for sidewalk, crosswalks and school zone signs near Chango Elementary School.

Town of Stillwater Police Department, Saratoga County: $14,485 for a driver speed feedback trailer near Stillwater Central School.

Village of St. Johnsville, Montgomery County: $195,457 for curb ramps, crosswalks and signage near the DH Robbins Elementary School and St. Johnsville Jr./Sr. High School.

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