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City nets money for safer routes to schools

• Grant money totals $435,000.

Posted: April 1, 2008 3:48 a.m.
Updated: June 2, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
Three Santa Clarita Valley elementary schools will be made safer, thanks to a grant obtained by the city of Santa Clarita, officials announced Monday.

"As a result of the city applying for and receiving this grant, the areas surrounding the elementary schools in Santa Clarita will be made safer so that children can walk and bike to school without incident," Councilman Frank Ferry said in a statement.

For the second year in a row, Santa Clarita won a "State Safe Routes to School" grant, totaling $435,000.

The funds awarded this year will go toward installing improvements in the areas surrounding Canyon Springs, Meadows and Emblem elementary schools by summer 2009.

Those improvements include re-doing all crosswalks so they are more visible, updating all signs to the required neon yellow, installing countdown pedestrian displays for the street crossing signals, installing driver feedback signs that monitor and relay the speed of those driving by, and extending the sidewalks at key intersections to make the distance of crossing the street shorter and pedestrians who are standing on the sidewalks more visible.

The three schools chosen for last year's grant, Santa Clarita, Newhall and Cedar Creek elementary, will have their improvements installed this summer.

The money is allocated to the city's campaign to create a safer environment surrounding schools plus encouraging them to reduce traffic by walking or biking.

For more information about the upgrades that will be used to increase safety for the city elementary schools, or more information about the "State Safe Routes to School Grant," contact the city's senior traffic engineer Ian Pari at (661) 284-1402.

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