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Palo Alto Receives $450,000 For New Sidewalks, Crosswalks, Curb Ramps

Caltrans awarded $48.5 million for Safe Routes to School to increase safety and health, including $450,000 to Palo Alto

Caltrans announced it will award $48.5 million of state Safe Routes to School Program funds to various projects throughout California to prevent injuries among children who walk or bike to school, according to a press release. Included is a $450,000 grant for Palo Alto, half of the total amount Santa Clara County will receive.  

Palo Alto's allotment of funds will be used to "install speed feedback signs and construct raised mediums, expanded sidewalks at intersections, crosswalks, safety lighting, a channelized left turn lane, and bike lanes." $450,000 more will be used to construct new sidewalks, curb ramps and drainage improvements, among other things, throughout the rest of Santa Clara County.

The goal of the funding is to make walking and biking to school easier for local students. Not only will the projects reduce injuries and fatalities, but they will also hopefully encourage more students to walk or bike to school instead of getting a ride from a parent. 

“Safety is Caltrans’ number one priority,” Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said. “We are committed to providing the highest safety possible for our childrenas they travel to and from school in California.”

To date, Safe Routes to School has awarded $472 million for safety projects throughout California. You can view a full list of projects that received funding here.

commuter July 07, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Are specific streets and intersections targeted for these improvements? I know that Palo Alto has an impressive new bicycle plan listing many high priority unfunded projects (many more than can be fixed with this amount of money).
Brian Benton July 07, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Thanks for the comment, "Commuter." The press-release we received did not include specific places the funds would be used. Since the goal is to encourage kids to walk to school, possibly by elementary or middle schools, though.
Irvin Dawid July 08, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Brian, what's a "channelized left turn lane"? Are these funds to promote walking and biking? Is that left turn lane for autos or bikes?

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